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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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  • Robert Biale Vineyards Zinfandel 1999  Front Label
    Robert Biale Vineyards Zinfandel 1999
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    • Flowers Talmage Beach Zinfandel 1999 Front Label
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        • Rancho Zabaco Dry Creek Zinfandel 1999 Front Label
          Rancho Zabaco Dry Creek Zinfandel 1999
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        • Burgess Russian River Zinfandel 1999
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          • Ravenswood Sonoma Zinfandel 1999 Front Label
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            • Folie a Deux Petite Folie Amador County Zinfandel 1999
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              • Tamas Estates Zinfandel 1999 Front Label
                Tamas Estates Zinfandel 1999
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                • Rodney Strong Estate Knotty Vines Zinfandel 1999 Front Label
                  Rodney Strong Estate Knotty Vines Zinfandel 1999
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                  • Inglenook Edizione Pennino Zinfandel 1999 Front Label
                    Inglenook Edizione Pennino Zinfandel 1999
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                    • Martinelli Vigna Di Luisa Zinfandel 1999 Front Label
                      Martinelli Vigna Di Luisa Zinfandel 1999
                      Zinfandel from Russian River, Sonoma County, California
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                      • Cline Fulton Zinfandel 1999 Front Label
                        Cline Fulton Zinfandel 1999
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                      • Marietta Zinfandel 1999
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                      • Rosenblum Cellars Allegria Vineyard Zinfandel 1999 Front Label
                        Rosenblum Cellars Allegria Vineyard Zinfandel 1999
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                      • Ravenswood Napa Zinfandel 1999 Front Label
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                        • Martinelli Jackass Vineyard Zinfandel 1999 Front Label
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                        • Villa Mt. Eden Grand Reserve Mead Ranch Zinfandel 1999 Front Label
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                        • Rancho Zabaco Heritage Vine Zinfandel 1999
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                          • Clos LaChance El Dorado Zinfandel 1999 Front Label
                            Clos LaChance El Dorado Zinfandel 1999
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                          • La Crema Russian River Zinfandel 1999 Front Label
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