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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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  • The Prisoner Wine Company Saldo Zinfandel 2019  Front Label
    The Prisoner Wine Company Saldo Zinfandel 2019
    Zinfandel from California
    • WW93
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  • Seghesio Sonoma Zinfandel 2018  Front Label
    Seghesio Sonoma Zinfandel 2018
    Zinfandel from Sonoma County, California
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  • Rombauer California Zinfandel 2018  Front Label
    Rombauer California Zinfandel 2018
    Zinfandel from California
    • JD91
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  • Cline Ancient Vines Zinfandel 2018  Front Label
    Cline Ancient Vines Zinfandel 2018
    Zinfandel from San Francisco Bay, Central Coast, California
    • TP91
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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
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  • Zinfandelic Sierra Foothills Old Vine Zinfandel 2017  Front Label
    Zinfandelic Sierra Foothills Old Vine Zinfandel 2017
    Zinfandel from Sierra Foothills, California
    • TP91
    • WE90
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  • Paul Dolan Vineyards Organically Grown Zinfandel 2019  Front Label
    Paul Dolan Vineyards Organically Grown Zinfandel 2019
    Zinfandel from Mendocino, California
    • WW90
    • WE90
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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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    • Edmeades Mendocino Zinfandel 2017  Front Label
      Edmeades Mendocino Zinfandel 2017
      Zinfandel from Mendocino, California
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      • Shannon Ridge High Elevation Zinfandel 2019  Front Label
        Shannon Ridge High Elevation Zinfandel 2019
        Zinfandel from Lake County, North Coast, California
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        • OZV Old Vine Zinfandel 2018  Front Label
          OZV Old Vine Zinfandel 2018
          Zinfandel from Lodi, California
          • WW88
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        • Lapis Luna Zinfandel 2019  Front Label
          Lapis Luna Zinfandel 2019
          Zinfandel from North Coast, California
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          • Tortoise Creek Zinfandel 2018 Front Label
            Tortoise Creek Zinfandel 2018
            Zinfandel from Lodi, California
            • WW90
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          • Shannon Ridge Buck Shack Bourbon Barrel Zinfandel 2018  Front Label
            Shannon Ridge Buck Shack Bourbon Barrel Zinfandel 2018
            Zinfandel from Lake County, North Coast, California
            • WW89
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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
            3.9 26 Ratings
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          • Frog's Leap Zinfandel 2018  Front Label
            Frog's Leap Zinfandel 2018
            Zinfandel from Napa Valley, California
            • W&S92
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          • Four Vines Biker Paso Robles Zinfandel 2018  Front Label
            Four Vines Biker Paso Robles Zinfandel 2018
            Zinfandel from Paso Robles, Central Coast, California
            • TP92
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          • Ridge Paso Robles Zinfandel 2019  Front Label
            Ridge Paso Robles Zinfandel 2019
            Zinfandel from Paso Robles, Central Coast, California
            • JS94
            • WS93
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          • Storybook Mountain Mayacamas Range Zinfandel 2016  Front Label
            Storybook Mountain Mayacamas Range Zinfandel 2016
            Zinfandel from Napa Valley, California
            • W&S94
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          • Titus Zinfandel 2018  Front Label
            Titus Zinfandel 2018
            Zinfandel from California
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            • Four Vines Old Vine Zinfandel 2018  Front Label
              Four Vines Old Vine Zinfandel 2018
              Zinfandel from Lodi, California
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            • Ridge Ponzo Zinfandel 2018  Front Label
              Ridge Ponzo Zinfandel 2018
              Zinfandel from Russian River, Sonoma County, California
              • RP93
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            • Dry Creek Vineyard Heritage Zinfandel 2018  Front Label
              Dry Creek Vineyard Heritage Zinfandel 2018
              Zinfandel from Sonoma County, California
              • WS91
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            • The Federalist Dry Creek Valley Zinfandel 2019  Front Label
              The Federalist Dry Creek Valley Zinfandel 2019
              Zinfandel from Dry Creek Valley, Sonoma County, California
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              • Amapola Creek Monte Rosso Vineyard Zinfandel 2016  Front Label
                Amapola Creek Monte Rosso Vineyard Zinfandel 2016
                Zinfandel from Moon Mountain District, Sonoma Valley, Sonoma County, California
                • RP93
                • JD91
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