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Unapologetically bold, spice-driven and jammy, Zinfandel is often thought of as California’s flagship grape. In fact it owns this title by having the ability to adapt to the states’ many microclimates and landscapes, producing unique expressions of the grape throughout. Zinfandel thrives in California’s Central Coast, as well throughout Sonoma County, parts of Napa Valley, the Sierra Foothills, Lodi and Paso Robles.

Zinfandel's story begins in Croatia in the 1400s when it went by the names, Tribidrag or Crljenak Kaštelanski. In the 1700s, it made its way to southern Italy where it became known as Primitivo. The astute imperial nursery of Vienna collected specimens of the vine and acted as the source of its journey to New England, carried by George Gibbs circa 1829. Eventually, making its way to California around the Gold Rush of 1849, Zinfandel found its new home, parading the true American spirit. The modern spelling of Zinfandel first appeared in 1852 and became standard about a decade later.

Tasting Notes for Zinfandel

Zinfandel is a dry red wine, though typically forward in fruit. Notes of dark plum, blackberry, sweet spice, dark chocolate and licorice are common. Very ripe examples may express a dried fruit quakity like fig or prune. But Zinfandel grown in cooler, coastal zones often shows red fruit, black pepper and fresh herbal characteristics like juniper and menthol.

Perfect Food Pairings for Zinfandel

Zinfandel is a powerfully flavored wine, mingling happily with bold food like brisket, lamb shanks, pork ribs or anything barbecued. More delicate Zins work with pork, lamb curry and even Ceasar Salad or Salad Nicoise.

Sommelier Secrets for Zinfandel

Thanks to its popularity both for home winemaking and as communion wine, many Zinfandel vines were able to survive prohibition, leading to the abundance of "old vine" Zinfandels. These low-yielding, ancient vines tend to produce wine that is deeply concentrated, delicately perfumed and decidedly complex.

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  • Ghost Block Pelissa Vineyard Zinfandel 2018  Front Label
    Ghost Block Pelissa Vineyard Zinfandel 2018
    Zinfandel from Oakville, Napa Valley, California
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    • St. Francis Reserve Zinfandel 2017  Front Label
      St. Francis Reserve Zinfandel 2017
      Zinfandel from Dry Creek Valley, Sonoma County, California
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      • RP90
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    • Murphy-Goode Liar's Dice Zinfandel 2015  Front Label
      Murphy-Goode Liar's Dice Zinfandel 2015
      Zinfandel from Sonoma County, California
      • WW89
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    • Three Wine Company Old Vines Zinfandel 2018  Front Label
      Three Wine Company Old Vines Zinfandel 2018
      Zinfandel from San Francisco Bay, Central Coast, California
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      • Hullabaloo Zinfandel 2018  Front Label
        Hullabaloo Zinfandel 2018
        Zinfandel from Lodi, California
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        • McManis Family Vineyards Zinfandel 2019  Front Label
          McManis Family Vineyards Zinfandel 2019
          Zinfandel from Lodi, California
          • WW89
          3.6 16 Ratings
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        • Bedrock Wine Company California Old Vine Zinfandel 2019  Front Label
          Bedrock Wine Company California Old Vine Zinfandel 2019
          Zinfandel from California
          • JD92
          3.9 24 Ratings
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        • Martinelli Vigneto di Evo Zinfandel 2018  Front Label
          Martinelli Vigneto di Evo Zinfandel 2018
          Zinfandel from Russian River, Sonoma County, California
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          • Rombauer California Zinfandel (375ML half-bottle) 2019  Front Label
            Rombauer California Zinfandel (375ML half-bottle) 2019
            Zinfandel from California
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            • Zinfandelic Lodi Zinfandel 2018  Front Label
              Zinfandelic Lodi Zinfandel 2018
              Zinfandel from Lodi, California
              • WE90
              3.6 132 Ratings
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            • Acre Zinfandel 2017  Front Label
              Acre Zinfandel 2017
              Zinfandel from Napa Valley, California
              • WE90
              4.5 12 Ratings
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            • Four Vines Old Vine Zinfandel 2018  Front Label
              Four Vines Old Vine Zinfandel 2018
              Zinfandel from Lodi, California
              • D89
              3.8 8 Ratings
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            • Seghesio Home Ranch Zinfandel 2017  Front Label
              Seghesio Home Ranch Zinfandel 2017
              Zinfandel from Alexander Valley, Sonoma County, California
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              • Robert Biale Vineyards Black Chicken Zinfandel 2019  Front Label
                Robert Biale Vineyards Black Chicken Zinfandel 2019
                Zinfandel from Napa Valley, California
                • WW92
                4.7 6 Ratings
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              • Grgich Hills Estate Zinfandel 2015  Front Label
                Grgich Hills Estate Zinfandel 2015
                Zinfandel from Napa Valley, California
                • WW90
                4.4 16 Ratings
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              • Hendry Block 7 and 22 Zinfandel 2017  Front Label
                Hendry Block 7 and 22 Zinfandel 2017
                Zinfandel from Napa Valley, California
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                • Scott Harvey InZINerator Zinfandel 2018  Front Label
                  Scott Harvey InZINerator Zinfandel 2018
                  Zinfandel from Amador, Sierra Foothills, California
                  • WE91
                  • WW90
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                • Tortoise Creek Zinfandel 2018 Front Label
                  Tortoise Creek Zinfandel 2018
                  Zinfandel from Lodi, California
                  • WW90
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                • Louis Martini Monte Rosso Gnarly Vine Zinfandel 2015 Front Label
                  Louis Martini Monte Rosso Gnarly Vine Zinfandel 2015
                  Zinfandel from Moon Mountain District, Sonoma Valley, Sonoma County, California
                  • RP91
                  • WS90
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                • Plungerhead Lodi Old Vine Zinfandel 2018  Front Label
                  Plungerhead Lodi Old Vine Zinfandel 2018
                  Zinfandel from Lodi, California
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                  • Martinelli Giuseppe and Luisa Zinfandel 2019  Front Label
                    Martinelli Giuseppe and Luisa Zinfandel 2019
                    Zinfandel from Russian River, Sonoma County, California
                    • RP97
                    • V95
                    3.5 9 Ratings
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                  • Four Vines Biker Paso Robles Zinfandel 2019  Front Label
                    Four Vines Biker Paso Robles Zinfandel 2019
                    Zinfandel from Paso Robles, Central Coast, California
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                    • Three Wine Company Old Vines Zinfandel 2016  Front Label
                      Three Wine Company Old Vines Zinfandel 2016
                      Zinfandel from San Francisco Bay, Central Coast, California
                      • WE90
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                    • Zin-Phomaniac Lodi Old Vine Zinfandel 2019  Front Label
                      Zin-Phomaniac Lodi Old Vine Zinfandel 2019
                      Zinfandel from Lodi, California
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                      • Michael David Winery Earthquake Zinfandel 2018  Front Label
                        Michael David Winery Earthquake Zinfandel 2018
                        Zinfandel from Lodi, California
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