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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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  • St. Francis Old Vines Zinfandel 2017  Front Label
    St. Francis Old Vines Zinfandel 2017
    Zinfandel from Sonoma County, California
    • WW90
    4.5 156 Ratings
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  • Carol Shelton Wild Thing Zinfandel 2017  Front Label
    Carol Shelton Wild Thing Zinfandel 2017
    Zinfandel from Mendocino, California
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    • WS89
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  • Seghesio Rockpile Zinfandel 2017  Front Label
    Seghesio Rockpile Zinfandel 2017
    Zinfandel from Rockpile, Sonoma County, California
    • WS93
    • WE90
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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
    • WE90
    3.9 94 Ratings
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  • Zin-Phomaniac Lodi Old Vine Zinfandel 2017  Front Label
    Zin-Phomaniac Lodi Old Vine Zinfandel 2017
    Zinfandel from Lodi, California
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    • Ancient Peaks Paso Robles Zinfandel 2017 Front Label
      Ancient Peaks Paso Robles Zinfandel 2017
      Zinfandel from Santa Margarita Ranch, Paso Robles, Central Coast, California
      • WW89
      4.0 88 Ratings
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    • Cline Live Oak Zinfandel 2017  Front Label
      Cline Live Oak Zinfandel 2017
      Zinfandel from San Francisco Bay, Central Coast, California
      • WE91
      4.6 5 Ratings
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    • Bucklin Old Hill Ranch Bambino Zinfandel 2017  Front Label
      Bucklin Old Hill Ranch Bambino Zinfandel 2017
      Zinfandel from Sonoma Valley, Sonoma County, California
      • WS91
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    • GEN5 Zinfandel 2017  Front Label
      GEN5 Zinfandel 2017
      Zinfandel from Lodi, California
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      • Quivira Dry Creek Valley Zinfandel 2017  Front Label
        Quivira Dry Creek Valley Zinfandel 2017
        Zinfandel from Dry Creek Valley, Sonoma County, California
        • WE91
        • WS90
        4.1 18 Ratings
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      • 7 Deadly Zins Zinfandel 2017  Front Label
        7 Deadly Zins Zinfandel 2017
        Zinfandel from Lodi, California
        • TP91
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      • Bonterra Organically Grown Zinfandel 2017  Front Label
        Bonterra Organically Grown Zinfandel 2017
        Zinfandel from Mendocino, California
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        • Michael David Winery Rage Zinfandel 2017  Front Label
          Michael David Winery Rage Zinfandel 2017
          Zinfandel from Dry Creek Valley, Sonoma County, California
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          • Turley Estate Zinfandel 2017  Front Label
            Turley Estate Zinfandel 2017
            Zinfandel from Napa Valley, California
            • RP90
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          • Cline Big Break Zinfandel 2017  Front Label
            Cline Big Break Zinfandel 2017
            Zinfandel from San Francisco Bay, Central Coast, California
            • WW91
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          • McManis Family Vineyards Zinfandel 2017  Front Label
            McManis Family Vineyards Zinfandel 2017
            Zinfandel from Lodi, California
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            • Dashe Heart Arrow Ranch Les Enfants Terribles Zinfandel 2017 Front Label
              Dashe Heart Arrow Ranch Les Enfants Terribles Zinfandel 2017
              Zinfandel from Mendocino, California
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              • Turley Pesenti Zinfandel 2017  Front Label
                Turley Pesenti Zinfandel 2017
                Zinfandel from Paso Robles, Central Coast, California
                • RP93
                • WS93
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              • Seghesio Sonoma Zinfandel (375ML half-bottle) 2017 Front Label
                Seghesio Sonoma Zinfandel (375ML half-bottle) 2017
                Zinfandel from Sonoma County, California
                • WS91
                • WE91
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                • RP90
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              • Caricature Old Vine Zinfandel 2017  Front Bottle Shot
                Caricature Old Vine Zinfandel 2017
                Zinfandel from Lodi, California
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                • Turley Rattlesnake Ridge Zinfandel 2017  Front Label
                  Turley Rattlesnake Ridge Zinfandel 2017
                  Zinfandel from Howell Mountain, Napa Valley, California
                  • RP95
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                • Tortoise Creek The Chelonian Zinfandel 2017 Front Label
                  Tortoise Creek The Chelonian Zinfandel 2017
                  Zinfandel from Lodi, California
                  • WW89
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                • Brazin Old Vine Lodi Zinfandel 2017  Front Label
                  Brazin Old Vine Lodi Zinfandel 2017
                  Zinfandel from Lodi, California
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                  • Turley Ueberroth Zinfandel 2017  Front Label
                    Turley Ueberroth Zinfandel 2017
                    Zinfandel from Central Coast, California
                    • RP94
                    • WS94
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                  • Artezin Mendocino Zinfandel 2017 Front Label
                    Artezin Mendocino Zinfandel 2017
                    Zinfandel from Mendocino, California
                    • WW92
                    • WE89
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