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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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  • Turley Pesenti Zinfandel 2005  Front Label
    Turley Pesenti Zinfandel 2005
    Zinfandel from Paso Robles, Central Coast, California
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  • Turley Grist Zinfandel 2005 Front Label
    Turley Grist Zinfandel 2005
    Zinfandel from Sonoma County, California
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  • Lake Sonoma Winery Dry Creek Valley Zinfandel 2005 Front Label
    Lake Sonoma Winery Dry Creek Valley Zinfandel 2005
    Zinfandel from Dry Creek Valley, Sonoma County, California
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  • Turley Cedarman Zinfandel 2005  Front Label
    Turley Cedarman Zinfandel 2005
    Zinfandel from Howell Mountain, Napa Valley, California
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    Rombauer California Zinfandel 2005
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    • Terra d'Oro Zinfandel 2005 Front Label
      Terra d'Oro Zinfandel 2005
      Zinfandel from Sierra Foothills, California
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      • Beaulieu Vineyard Napa Zinfandel 2005 Front Label
        Beaulieu Vineyard Napa Zinfandel 2005
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        • Joel Gott Zinfandel 2005 Front Label
          Joel Gott Zinfandel 2005
          Zinfandel from California
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          • Murphy-Goode Liar's Dice Zinfandel 2005 Front Label
            Murphy-Goode Liar's Dice Zinfandel 2005
            Zinfandel from Sonoma County, California
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          • Zinfandelic Amador County Old Vine Zinfandel 2005 Front Label
            Zinfandelic Amador County Old Vine Zinfandel 2005
            Zinfandel from California
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            • Williams Selyem Feeney Vineyard Zinfandel 2005 Front Label
              Williams Selyem Feeney Vineyard Zinfandel 2005
              Zinfandel from Russian River, Sonoma County, California
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            • Turley Dogtown Vineyard Zinfandel (torn label) 2005 Front Label
              Turley Dogtown Vineyard Zinfandel (torn label) 2005
              Zinfandel from Lodi, California
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              • Turley Moore Earthquake Zinfandel 2005  Front Label
                Turley Moore Earthquake Zinfandel 2005
                Zinfandel from Napa Valley, California
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              • Turley Rattlesnake Ridge Zinfandel 2005 Front Label
                Turley Rattlesnake Ridge Zinfandel 2005
                Zinfandel from Napa Valley, California
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              • Renwood Winery Fiddletown Zinfandel 2005 Front Label
                Renwood Winery Fiddletown Zinfandel 2005
                Zinfandel from Sierra Foothills, California
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              • Cline Sonoma Zinfandel 2005 Front Label
                Cline Sonoma Zinfandel 2005
                Zinfandel from Sonoma County, California
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                • Turley Hayne Zinfandel 2005 Front Label
                  Turley Hayne Zinfandel 2005
                  Zinfandel from Napa Valley, California
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                • Woodenhead Braccialini Zinfandel 2005 Front Label
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                  • Ravenswood Teldeschi Vineyard Zinfandel 2005 Front Label
                    Ravenswood Teldeschi Vineyard Zinfandel 2005
                    Zinfandel from Sonoma County, California
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                  • Seghesio Sonoma Zinfandel 2005 Front Label
                    Seghesio Sonoma Zinfandel 2005
                    Zinfandel from Sonoma County, California
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                  • Storybook Mountain Estate Reserve Zinfandel 2005 Front Label
                    Storybook Mountain Estate Reserve Zinfandel 2005
                    Zinfandel from Napa Valley, California
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                  • Cline Ancient Vines Zinfandel 2005 Front Label
                    Cline Ancient Vines Zinfandel 2005
                    Zinfandel from California
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                    • Rosenblum Cellars Snows Lake Vineyard Zinfandel 2005 Front Label
                      Rosenblum Cellars Snows Lake Vineyard Zinfandel 2005
                      Zinfandel from Sierra Foothills, California
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                    • Ravenswood Barricia Vineyard Zinfandel 2005 Front Label
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                      • Edmeades Mendocino Zinfandel 2005 Front Label
                        Edmeades Mendocino Zinfandel 2005
                        Zinfandel from North Coast, California
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