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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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    Zinfandel from Sonoma County, California
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    Turley Zampatti Vineyard Zinfandel (torn label) 2007
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  • Williams Selyem Bacigalupi Vineyard Zinfandel 2007 Front Label
    Williams Selyem Bacigalupi Vineyard Zinfandel 2007
    Zinfandel from Russian River, Sonoma County, California
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  • Turley Rattlesnake Ridge Zinfandel 2007 Front Label
    Turley Rattlesnake Ridge Zinfandel 2007
    Zinfandel from Howell Mountain, Napa Valley, California
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  • Carlisle Papera Ranch Zinfandel 2007 Front Label
    Carlisle Papera Ranch Zinfandel 2007
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  • Ridge Pagani Ranch Zinfandel 2007 Front Label
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  • Storybook Mountain Eastern Exposures Zinfandel 2007 Front Label
    Storybook Mountain Eastern Exposures Zinfandel 2007
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  • Williams Selyem Feeney Vineyard Zinfandel 2007 Front Label
    Williams Selyem Feeney Vineyard Zinfandel 2007
    Zinfandel from Russian River, Sonoma County, California
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  • Storybook Mountain Estate Reserve Zinfandel 2007 Front Label
    Storybook Mountain Estate Reserve Zinfandel 2007
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  • Turley Salvador Zinfandel 2007 Front Label
    Turley Salvador Zinfandel 2007
    Zinfandel from Central Coast, California
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  • Williams Selyem Forchini Vineyard Zinfandel 2007 Front Label
    Williams Selyem Forchini Vineyard Zinfandel 2007
    Zinfandel from Russian River, Sonoma County, California
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    Turley Old Vines Zinfandel 2007
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    • Turley Ueberroth Zinfandel 2007 Front Label
      Turley Ueberroth Zinfandel 2007
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    • Williams Selyem Papera Vineyard Zinfandel 2007 Front Label
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    • Turley Tofanelli Zinfandel 2007 Front Label
      Turley Tofanelli Zinfandel 2007
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    • Martinelli Lolita Ranch Zinfandel 2007 Front Label
      Martinelli Lolita Ranch Zinfandel 2007
      Zinfandel from Russian River, Sonoma County, California
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    • Grgich Hills Estate Miljenko's Old Vines Zinfandel 2007 Front Label
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      • Turley Moore Earthquake Zinfandel 2007 Front Label
        Turley Moore Earthquake Zinfandel 2007
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        Turley Pesenti Zinfandel 2007
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      • Turley Dusi Zinfandel 2007 Front Label
        Turley Dusi Zinfandel 2007
        Zinfandel from Paso Robles, Central Coast, California
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