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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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  • Ridge York Creek Zinfandel 2004 Front Label
    Ridge York Creek Zinfandel 2004
    Zinfandel from Sonoma County, California
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  • Dry Creek Vineyard Heritage Zinfandel 2004 Front Label
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    • Kenwood Zinfandel 2004 Front Label
      Kenwood Zinfandel 2004
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      • Seghesio Old Vine Zinfandel 2004 Front Label
        Seghesio Old Vine Zinfandel 2004
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      • Cline Ancient Vines Zinfandel 2004 Front Label
        Cline Ancient Vines Zinfandel 2004
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      • Murphy-Goode Liar's Dice Zinfandel 2004 Front Label
        Murphy-Goode Liar's Dice Zinfandel 2004
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        • Martinelli Jackass Vineyard Zinfandel 2004 Front Label
          Martinelli Jackass Vineyard Zinfandel 2004
          Zinfandel from Russian River, Sonoma County, California
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        • Brass Tacks Zinfandel 2004 Front Label
          Brass Tacks Zinfandel 2004
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          • Ironstone Old Vine Zinfandel 2004 Front Label
            Ironstone Old Vine Zinfandel 2004
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            • Estancia Paso Robles Zinfandel 2004 Front Label
              Estancia Paso Robles Zinfandel 2004
              Zinfandel from Paso Robles, Central Coast, California
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              • Dancing Bull Zinfandel 2004 Front Label
                Dancing Bull Zinfandel 2004
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                • Bocce Zinfandel 2004 Front Label
                  Bocce Zinfandel 2004
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                  • Turley Dusi Zinfandel 2004 Front Label
                    Turley Dusi Zinfandel 2004
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                    • Valley of the Moon Zinfandel 2004 Front Label
                      Valley of the Moon Zinfandel 2004
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                      • Fife Redhead Vineyard Zinfandel 2004 Front Label
                        Fife Redhead Vineyard Zinfandel 2004
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                        • Kenwood Jack London Vineyard Zinfandel 2004 Front Label
                          Kenwood Jack London Vineyard Zinfandel 2004
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                          • Turley Old Vines Zinfandel (scuffed label) 2004 Front Label
                            Turley Old Vines Zinfandel (scuffed label) 2004
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                          • Dashe Dry Creek Zinfandel 2004 Front Label
                            Dashe Dry Creek Zinfandel 2004
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                          • Gary Farrell Dry Creek Zinfandel 2004 Front Label
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                            • Cline Zinfandel 2004 Front Label
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                              • Wild Horse Zinfandel 2004 Front Label
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                                • Renwood Winery Sierra Foothills Zinfandel 2004 Front Label
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                                  • Cardinal Zin  2004 Front Label
                                    Cardinal Zin 2004
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                                    • Brassfield Round Mountain Vineyard Zinfandel 2004 Front Label
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                                      • Ravenswood Big River Zinfandel 2004 Front Label
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