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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 was born in Croatia and later 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.

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 Ueberroth Zinfandel 2012 Front Label
    Turley Ueberroth Zinfandel 2012
    Zinfandel from Paso Robles, Central Coast, California
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  • Turley Fredericks Vineyard Zinfandel 2012 Front Label
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    Zinfandel from Sonoma Valley, Sonoma County, California
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  • Turley Heminway Zinfandel 2012 Front Label
    Turley Heminway Zinfandel 2012
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  • Joseph Swan Mancini Zinfandel 2012 Front Label
    Joseph Swan Mancini Zinfandel 2012
    Zinfandel from Russian River, Sonoma County, California
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  • Pedroncelli Bushnell Vineyard Zinfandel 2012 Front Label
    Pedroncelli Bushnell Vineyard Zinfandel 2012
    Zinfandel from Dry Creek Valley, Sonoma County, California
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    Turley Pesenti Zinfandel 2012
    Zinfandel from Paso Robles, Central Coast, California
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  • Frei Brothers Reserve Dry Creek Zinfandel 2012 Front Label
    Frei Brothers Reserve Dry Creek Zinfandel 2012
    Zinfandel from Dry Creek Valley, Sonoma County, California
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  • Seghesio Monte Rosso Zinfandel 2012 Front Label
    Seghesio Monte Rosso Zinfandel 2012
    Zinfandel from Moon Mountain District, Sonoma Valley, Sonoma County, California
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  • Turley Old Vines Zinfandel 2012 Front Label
    Turley Old Vines Zinfandel 2012
    Zinfandel from California
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  • Turley Estate Zinfandel 2012 Front Label
    Turley Estate Zinfandel 2012
    Zinfandel from Napa Valley, California
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  • Jeff Cohn Cellars Botticelli Zinfandel 2012 Front Label
    Jeff Cohn Cellars Botticelli Zinfandel 2012
    Zinfandel from Rockpile, Sonoma County, California
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  • Turley Judge Bell Vineyard Zinfandel 2012 Front Label
    Turley Judge Bell Vineyard Zinfandel 2012
    Zinfandel from Amador, Sierra Foothills, California
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  • Denner Zinfandel 2012 Front Label
    Denner Zinfandel 2012
    Zinfandel from Paso Robles, Central Coast, California
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  • Turley Juvenile Zinfandel 2012 Front Label
    Turley Juvenile Zinfandel 2012
    Zinfandel from California
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  • Turley Dogtown Vineyard Zinfandel 2012 Front Label
    Turley Dogtown Vineyard Zinfandel 2012
    Zinfandel from Lodi, California
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  • The Prisoner Wine Company Saldo Zinfandel 2012 Front Label
    The Prisoner Wine Company Saldo Zinfandel 2012
    Zinfandel from California
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  • Turley Cedarman Zinfandel 2012 Front Label
    Turley Cedarman Zinfandel 2012
    Zinfandel from Howell Mountain, Napa Valley, California
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  • Sbragia Gino's Dry Creek Valley Zinfandel 2012 Front Label
    Sbragia Gino's Dry Creek Valley Zinfandel 2012
    Zinfandel from Dry Creek Valley, Sonoma County, California
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  • Martinelli Vellutini Ranch Zinfandel 2012 Front Label
    Martinelli Vellutini Ranch Zinfandel 2012
    Zinfandel from Russian River, Sonoma County, California
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  • Turley Hayne Zinfandel 2012 Front Label
    Turley Hayne Zinfandel 2012
    Zinfandel from Napa Valley, California
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  • Dashe Dry Creek Zinfandel (375ML half-bottle) 2012 Front Label
    Dashe Dry Creek Zinfandel (375ML half-bottle) 2012
    Zinfandel from Dry Creek Valley, Sonoma County, California
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  • Amapola Creek Monte Rosso Vineyard Zinfandel 2012 Front Label
    Amapola Creek Monte Rosso Vineyard Zinfandel 2012
    Zinfandel from Moon Mountain District, Sonoma Valley, Sonoma County, California
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  • Carol Shelton Karma Zinfandel 2012 Front Label
    Carol Shelton Karma Zinfandel 2012
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  • Dry Creek Vineyard Old Vine Zinfandel 2012 Front Label
    Dry Creek Vineyard Old Vine Zinfandel 2012
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    Seghesio Old Vine Zinfandel (1.5 Liter Magnum) 2012
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