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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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    Turley Pesenti Zinfandel 2012
    Zinfandel from Paso Robles, Central Coast, California
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      Turley Cedarman Zinfandel 2012
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    • Jeff Cohn Cellars Botticelli Zinfandel 2012 Front Label
      Jeff Cohn Cellars Botticelli Zinfandel 2012
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      Denner Zinfandel 2012
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      Turley Ueberroth Zinfandel 2012
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    • Jeff Cohn Cellars Hayne Vineyard Zinfandel 2012 Front Label
      Jeff Cohn Cellars Hayne Vineyard Zinfandel 2012
      Zinfandel from Napa Valley, California
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    • Sbragia Gino's Dry Creek Valley Zinfandel 2012 Front Label
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      Zinfandel from Dry Creek Valley, Sonoma County, California
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    • Lagier Meredith Tribidrag Zinfandel 2012 Front Label
      Lagier Meredith Tribidrag Zinfandel 2012
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      Benovia Sonoma County Zinfandel 2012
      Zinfandel from Sonoma Coast, Sonoma County, California
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    • Joseph Jewell Grist Vineyard Zinfandel 2012 Front Label
      Joseph Jewell Grist Vineyard Zinfandel 2012
      Zinfandel from Dry Creek Valley, Sonoma County, California
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    • Williams Selyem Papera Vineyard Zinfandel 2012 Front Label
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      Zinfandel from Russian River, Sonoma County, California
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      • Robert Craig Cellars Howell Mountain Zinfandel 2012 Front Label
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        • Miraflores El Dorado Zinfandel 2012 Front Label
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          Zinfandel from El Dorado, Sierra Foothills, California
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          • Tonti Family Wines Russian River Valley Old Vine Zinfandel 2012 Front Label
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                Williams Selyem Bacigalupi Vineyard Zinfandel 2012
                Zinfandel from Russian River, Sonoma County, California
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                Easton Fiddletown Rinaldi Vineyard Zinfandel 2012
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                • Edmeades Shamrock Vineyard Zinfandel 2012 Front Label
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