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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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    Maddalena Zinfandel 2018
    Zinfandel from Paso Robles, Central Coast, California
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    • Turley Cedarman Zinfandel 2018  Front Label
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      Zinfandel from Howell Mountain, Napa Valley, California
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        • Adelaida Zinfandel 2018  Front Label
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          Zinfandel from Adelaida District, Paso Robles, Central Coast, California
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          • Ancient Peaks Paso Robles Zinfandel 2018  Front Label
            Ancient Peaks Paso Robles Zinfandel 2018
            Zinfandel from Santa Margarita Ranch, Paso Robles, Central Coast, California
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          • Seghesio Sonoma Zinfandel (375ML half-bottle) 2018  Front Label
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            Zinfandel from Sonoma County, California
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            McManis Family Vineyards Zinfandel 2018
            Zinfandel from Lodi, California
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              Turley Ueberroth Zinfandel 2018
              Zinfandel from Central Coast, California
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            • Parducci Small Lot Zinfandel 2018  Front Label
              Parducci Small Lot Zinfandel 2018
              Zinfandel from Mendocino, California
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            • Old Soul Vineyards Zinfandel 2018  Front Label
              Old Soul Vineyards Zinfandel 2018
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              • Tortoise Creek The Chelonian Zinfandel 2018  Front Label
                Tortoise Creek The Chelonian Zinfandel 2018
                Zinfandel from Lodi, California
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              • Turley Bedrock Zinfandel 2018  Front Label
                Turley Bedrock Zinfandel 2018
                Zinfandel from Sonoma Valley, Sonoma County, California
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              • Turley Estate Zinfandel 2018  Front Label
                Turley Estate Zinfandel 2018
                Zinfandel from Napa Valley, California
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                Turley Pesenti Zinfandel 2018
                Zinfandel from Paso Robles, Central Coast, California
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              • Caricature Old Vine Zinfandel 2018  Front Label
                Caricature Old Vine Zinfandel 2018
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                • Bucklin Old Hill Ranch Bambino Zinfandel 2018  Front Label
                  Bucklin Old Hill Ranch Bambino Zinfandel 2018
                  Zinfandel from Sonoma Valley, Sonoma County, California
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                    Zinfandel from Oakville, Napa Valley, California
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                    Zinfandel from Napa Valley, California
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                    Zinfandel from Napa Valley, California
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                    Frog's Leap Zinfandel 2018
                    Zinfandel from Napa Valley, California
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