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        • Valley of the Moon Zinfandel 2012 Front Label
          Valley of the Moon Zinfandel 2012
          Zinfandel from Sonoma County, 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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        • Rodney Strong Estate Knotty Vines Zinfandel 2012 Front Label
          Rodney Strong Estate Knotty Vines Zinfandel 2012
          Zinfandel from Sonoma County, California
          • WW91
          • TP90
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        • St. Francis Reserve Zinfandel 2012 Front Label
          St. Francis Reserve Zinfandel 2012
          Zinfandel from Dry Creek Valley, Sonoma County, California
          • RP93
          • TP91
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        • Lake Sonoma Winery Dry Creek Valley Zinfandel 2012 Front Label
          Lake Sonoma Winery Dry Creek Valley Zinfandel 2012
          Zinfandel from Dry Creek Valley, Sonoma County, California
          • TP90
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        • Folie a Deux Dry Creek Zinfandel 2012 Front Label
          Folie a Deux Dry Creek Zinfandel 2012
          Zinfandel from Dry Creek Valley, Sonoma County, California
          • TP93
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        • Michael David Winery 7 Deadly Zins Zinfandel (375ML half-bottle) 2012 Front Label
          Michael David Winery 7 Deadly Zins Zinfandel (375ML half-bottle) 2012
          Zinfandel from Lodi, California
          • WE91
          • TP91
          • RP90
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        • Predator Old Vine Zinfandel 2012 Front Label
          Predator Old Vine Zinfandel 2012
          Zinfandel from North Coast, California
          • TP88
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        • Michael David Winery 7 Deadly Zins Zinfandel 2012 Front Label
          Michael David Winery 7 Deadly Zins Zinfandel 2012
          Zinfandel from Lodi, California
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        • Peachy Canyon Westside Zinfandel 2012 Front Label
          Peachy Canyon Westside Zinfandel 2012
          Zinfandel from Central Coast, California
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        • Concrete Old Vine Zinfandel 2012 Front Label
          Concrete Old Vine Zinfandel 2012
          Zinfandel from Lodi, California
          • TP93
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        • Four Vines The Maverick Zinfandel 2012 Front Label
          Four Vines The Maverick Zinfandel 2012
          Zinfandel from Amador, Sierra Foothills, California
          • TP90
          • WE90
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        Learn about Zinfandel — taste profile, popular regions and more ...

        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. Small quantities of Zinfandel grapes grow in countries as disparate as Mexico, Israel, South Africa, Canada, and Australia. Washington and Oregon produce Zinfandel grapes as well. In Croatia, production increased dramatically in 2001 once the news hit of the connection with Zinfandel grapes and Primitivo. From an early discovery of 22 vines, there are now more than 200,000. In Puglia about 10,000 acres exist. In California, Zinfandel is the second most-planted red grape, after Cabernet Sauvignon, with more than 50,000 acres, and it has been around since the 1850’s at least.

        Zinfandel History

        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 quality 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. California versions often show blueberry, raspberry, boysenberry, and peach yogurt flavors. Pepper, spice and a brambly character commonly make an appearance as well.

        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 Caesar 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. Old to very old Zinfandel grape vines are prized, even though they produce smaller amounts of fruit. The wines made from such gnarly old stumps are avidly sought after. Whatever you call it, Zinfandel is a wine worth exploring.

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