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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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  • Scott Harvey Vineyard 1869 Old Vine Zinfandel 2018  Front Label
    Scott Harvey Vineyard 1869 Old Vine Zinfandel 2018
    Zinfandel from Amador, Sierra Foothills, California
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  • Scott Harvey Mountain Selection Zinfandel 2018  Front Label
    Scott Harvey Mountain Selection Zinfandel 2018
    Zinfandel from Amador, Sierra Foothills, California
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  • Scott Harvey Old Vine Reserve Zinfandel 2018  Front Label
    Scott Harvey Old Vine Reserve Zinfandel 2018
    Zinfandel from Amador, Sierra Foothills, California
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  • Zinfandelic Lodi Zinfandel 2018  Front Label
    Zinfandelic Lodi Zinfandel 2018
    Zinfandel from Lodi, California
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  • Scott Harvey InZINerator Zinfandel 2018  Front Label
    Scott Harvey InZINerator Zinfandel 2018
    Zinfandel from Amador, Sierra Foothills, California
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  • Terra d'Oro Zinfandel 2018  Front Label
    Terra d'Oro Zinfandel 2018
    Zinfandel from Amador, Sierra Foothills, California
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  • Oakville Winery Estate Zinfandel 2018  Front Label
    Oakville Winery Estate Zinfandel 2018
    Zinfandel from Oakville, Napa Valley, California
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  • Alexander Valley Vineyards Sin Zin Zinfandel 2018  Front Label
    Alexander Valley Vineyards Sin Zin Zinfandel 2018
    Zinfandel from Alexander Valley, Sonoma County, California
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    • Hullabaloo Zinfandel 2018  Front Label
      Hullabaloo Zinfandel 2018
      Zinfandel from Lodi, California
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      • Plungerhead Lodi Old Vine Zinfandel 2018  Front Label
        Plungerhead Lodi Old Vine Zinfandel 2018
        Zinfandel from Lodi, California
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      • Ghost Block Pelissa Vineyard Zinfandel 2018  Front Label
        Ghost Block Pelissa Vineyard Zinfandel 2018
        Zinfandel from Oakville, Napa Valley, California
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        • Rombauer California Zinfandel 2018  Front Label
          Rombauer California Zinfandel 2018
          Zinfandel from California
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        • Tortoise Creek Zinfandel 2018 Front Label
          Tortoise Creek Zinfandel 2018
          Zinfandel from Lodi, California
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        • Bogle Old Vines Zinfandel 2018  Front Label
          Bogle Old Vines Zinfandel 2018
          Zinfandel from California
          • WE90
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        • 7 Deadly Zins Zinfandel 2018  Front Label
          7 Deadly Zins Zinfandel 2018
          Zinfandel from Lodi, California
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          • Radio-Coteau Lemorel Zinfandel 2018  Front Label
            Radio-Coteau Lemorel Zinfandel 2018
            Zinfandel from Sonoma Coast, Sonoma County, California
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          • Michael David Winery Earthquake Zinfandel 2018  Front Label
            Michael David Winery Earthquake Zinfandel 2018
            Zinfandel from Lodi, California
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            • Eberle Zinfandel 2018  Front Label
              Eberle Zinfandel 2018
              Zinfandel from Paso Robles, Central Coast, California
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            • Kokomo  Zinfandel 2018  Front Label
              Kokomo Zinfandel 2018
              Zinfandel from Dry Creek Valley, Sonoma County, California
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            • St. Francis Old Vines Zinfandel 2018  Front Label
              St. Francis Old Vines Zinfandel 2018
              Zinfandel from Sonoma County, California
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            • Edmeades Mendocino Zinfandel 2018  Front Label
              Edmeades Mendocino Zinfandel 2018
              Zinfandel from Mendocino, California
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              • Michael Pozzan Zinfandel 2018  Front Label
                Michael Pozzan Zinfandel 2018
                Zinfandel from Oakville, Napa Valley, California
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                • Grayson Cellars Zinfandel 2018  Front Label
                  Grayson Cellars Zinfandel 2018
                  Zinfandel from California
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                • Williams Selyem Fanucchi-Wood Road Zinfandel 2018  Front Label
                  Williams Selyem Fanucchi-Wood Road Zinfandel 2018
                  Zinfandel from Russian River, Sonoma County, California
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                  • Ravenswood Lodi Old Vine Zinfandel 2018  Front Label
                    Ravenswood Lodi Old Vine Zinfandel 2018
                    Zinfandel from Lodi, California
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