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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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  • Edmeades Mendocino Zinfandel 2002 Front Label
    Edmeades Mendocino Zinfandel 2002
    Zinfandel from North Coast, California
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    • Kenwood Sonoma Zinfandel 2002
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      • Renwood Winery Old Vine Zinfandel 2002 Front Label
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        • Bonny Doon Cardinal Zin 2002 Front Label
          Bonny Doon Cardinal Zin 2002
          Zinfandel from Central Coast, California
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          • Chateau Souverain Dry Creek Valley Zinfandel 2002 Front Label
            Chateau Souverain Dry Creek Valley Zinfandel 2002
            Zinfandel from Dry Creek Valley, Sonoma County, California
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            • Turley Dogtown Vineyard Zinfandel 2002 Front Label
              Turley Dogtown Vineyard Zinfandel 2002
              Zinfandel from Lodi, California
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            • Turley Dusi Zinfandel 2002 Front Label
              Turley Dusi Zinfandel 2002
              Zinfandel from Central Coast, California
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            • Seghesio Sonoma Zinfandel 2002 Front Label
              Seghesio Sonoma Zinfandel 2002
              Zinfandel from Sonoma County, California
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            • Turley Moore Earthquake Zinfandel 2002 Front Label
              Turley Moore Earthquake Zinfandel 2002
              Zinfandel from Napa Valley, California
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            • Turley Ueberroth Zinfandel 2002 Front Label
              Turley Ueberroth Zinfandel 2002
              Zinfandel from Paso Robles, Central Coast, California
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            • Sobon Estate Old Vines Zinfandel 2002
              Zinfandel from Sierra Foothills, California
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            • Ravenswood Vintners Blend Zinfandel 2002 Front Label
              Ravenswood Vintners Blend Zinfandel 2002
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              • Dancing Bull Zinfandel 2002 Front Label
                Dancing Bull Zinfandel 2002
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                • Turley Dragon Zinfandel 2002 Front Label
                  Turley Dragon Zinfandel 2002
                  Zinfandel from Napa Valley, California
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                • Clos LaChance El Dorado Zinfandel 2002 Front Label
                  Clos LaChance El Dorado Zinfandel 2002
                  Zinfandel from Sierra Foothills, California
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                • Turley Duarte Zinfandel 2002 Front Label
                  Turley Duarte Zinfandel 2002
                  Zinfandel from Central Coast, California
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                • Turley Rattlesnake Ridge Zinfandel 2002 Front Label
                  Turley Rattlesnake Ridge Zinfandel 2002
                  Zinfandel from Napa Valley, California
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                  • Peachy Canyon Incredible Red Zinfandel 2002 Front Label
                    Peachy Canyon Incredible Red Zinfandel 2002
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                    • Zingaro Zinfandel 2002 Front Label
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                      • Outpost Howell Mountain Zinfandel 2002 Front Label
                        Outpost Howell Mountain Zinfandel 2002
                        Zinfandel from Howell Mountain, Napa Valley, California
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                        • Ravenswood Teldeschi Vineyard Zinfandel 2002 Front Label
                          Ravenswood Teldeschi Vineyard Zinfandel 2002
                          Zinfandel from Sonoma County, California
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                        • Beringer Zinfandel 2002 Front Label
                          Beringer Zinfandel 2002
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                          • Villa Mt. Eden Grand Reserve Mead Ranch Zinfandel 2002 Front Label
                            Villa Mt. Eden Grand Reserve Mead Ranch Zinfandel 2002
                            Zinfandel from Napa Valley, California
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                          • Rosenblum Cellars Harris-Kratka Zinfandel 2002 Front Label
                            Rosenblum Cellars Harris-Kratka Zinfandel 2002
                            Zinfandel from Central Coast, California
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                          • Alderbrook Winery Old Vine Zinfandel 2002 Front Label
                            Alderbrook Winery Old Vine Zinfandel 2002
                            Zinfandel from Sonoma County, California
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