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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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    Ironstone Old Vine Zinfandel 1998
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        • Peirano Estate Primo Zinfandel 1998
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                • Fife Old Vines Zinfandel 1998 Front Label
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                  • Grgich Hills Estate Zinfandel 1998
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                    • Buehler Estate Zinfandel 1998
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                      • Dry Creek Vineyard Old Vine Zinfandel 1998
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                      • Edmeades Mendocino Zinfandel 1998 Front Label
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                      • Martinelli Giuseppe and Luisa Zinfandel 1998 Front Bottle Shot
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                      • Oliver Caldwell Cellars Aida Vineyard Zinfandel 1998 Front Label
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                        • Gallo of Sonoma Barrelli Creek Zinfandel 1998 Front Label
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                        • Turning Leaf Zinfandel 1998
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                                • Peachy Canyon Incredible Red Zinfandel 1998 Front Label
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                                  • Tamas Estates Zinfandel 1998 Front Label
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                                    • Ballentine Zinfandel Estate (half-bottle) 1998
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                                      • Rabbit Ridge CA Barrel Cuvee Zinfandel 1998
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                                        • Beringer Clear Lake Zinfandel 1998 Front Label
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