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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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  • 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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    • 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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    • Cline Ancient Vines Zinfandel 2018  Front Label
      Cline Ancient Vines Zinfandel 2018
      Zinfandel from San Francisco Bay, Central Coast, California
      • TP91
      3.9 338 Ratings
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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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    • Zinfandelic Lodi Zinfandel 2018  Front Label
      Zinfandelic Lodi Zinfandel 2018
      Zinfandel from Lodi, California
      • WE90
      3.7 102 Ratings
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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
      3.8 167 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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      • Mauritson Dry Creek Valley Zinfandel 2018  Front Label
        Mauritson Dry Creek Valley Zinfandel 2018
        Zinfandel from Dry Creek Valley, Sonoma County, California
        • WE92
        • WW91
        • RP91
        • JD90
        • CG90
        3.6 8 Ratings
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      • Amapola Creek Monte Rosso Vineyard Zinfandel 2014 Front Label
        Amapola Creek Monte Rosso Vineyard Zinfandel 2014
        Zinfandel from Moon Mountain District, Sonoma Valley, Sonoma County, California
        • RP94
        4.1 24 Ratings
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      • Alexander Valley Vineyards Redemption Zin 2015  Front Label
        Alexander Valley Vineyards Redemption Zin 2015
        Zinfandel from Dry Creek Valley, Sonoma County, California
          3.8 6 Ratings
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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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        • Titus Zinfandel 2018  Front Label
          Titus Zinfandel 2018
          Zinfandel from California
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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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            • Frei Brothers Reserve Dry Creek Zinfandel 2016  Front Label
              Frei Brothers Reserve Dry Creek Zinfandel 2016
              Zinfandel from Dry Creek Valley, Sonoma County, California
              • RP90
              • WE90
              4.0 27 Ratings
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            • Kendall-Jackson Vintner's Reserve Zinfandel 2018  Front Label
              Kendall-Jackson Vintner's Reserve Zinfandel 2018
              Zinfandel from Mendocino, California
              • WE91
              3.3 7 Ratings
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            • Bedrock Wine Company California Old Vine Zinfandel 2018  Front Label
              Bedrock Wine Company California Old Vine Zinfandel 2018
              Zinfandel from California
              • V91
              • WS90
              • WE90
              3.9 55 Ratings
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            • Four Vines Old Vine Zinfandel 2017  Front Label
              Four Vines Old Vine Zinfandel 2017
              Zinfandel from Lodi, California
              • WW89
              3.9 78 Ratings
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            • The Federalist Lodi Zinfandel 2018  Front Label
              The Federalist Lodi Zinfandel 2018
              Zinfandel from Lodi, California
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              • Edmeades Mendocino Zinfandel 2017  Front Label
                Edmeades Mendocino Zinfandel 2017
                Zinfandel from Mendocino, California
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                • Alexander Valley Vineyards Temptation Zinfandel 2016  Front Label
                  Alexander Valley Vineyards Temptation Zinfandel 2016
                  Zinfandel from California
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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
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                    • OZV Old Vine Zinfandel 2018  Front Label
                      OZV Old Vine Zinfandel 2018
                      Zinfandel from Lodi, California
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                      • Novy Russian River Zinfandel 2016 Front Label
                        Novy Russian River Zinfandel 2016
                        Zinfandel from Russian River, Sonoma County, California
                        • WS91
                        • RP90
                        3.8 18 Ratings
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                      • Acre Zinfandel 2017  Front Label
                        Acre Zinfandel 2017
                        Zinfandel from Napa Valley, California
                        • WE90
                        4.1 5 Ratings
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                      • Hullabaloo Zinfandel 2018
                        Zinfandel from Lodi, California
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