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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. Small quantities of Zinfandel grapes grow in countries as disparate as Mexico, Israel, South Africa, Canada, and Australia. Washington and Oregon produce Zinfandel grapes as well. In Croatia, production increased dramatically in 2001 once the news hit of the connection with Zinfandel grapes and Primitivo. From an early discovery of 22 vines, there are now more than 200,000. In Puglia about 10,000 acres exist. In California, Zinfandel is the second most-planted red grape, after Cabernet Sauvignon, with more than 50,000 acres, and it has been around since the 1850’s at least.

Zinfandel History

Zinfandel's story begins in Croatia in the 1400s when it went by the names, Tribidrag or Crljenak Kaštelanski. In the 1700s, it 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. The modern spelling of Zinfandel first appeared in 1852 and became standard about a decade later.

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 quality 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. California versions often show blueberry, raspberry, boysenberry, and peach yogurt flavors. Pepper, spice and a brambly character commonly make an appearance as well.

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 Caesar 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. Old to very old Zinfandel grape vines are prized, even though they produce smaller amounts of fruit. The wines made from such gnarly old stumps are avidly sought after. Whatever you call it, Zinfandel is a wine worth exploring.

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        • Ravenswood Old Hill Ranch Zinfandel 2006 Front Label
          Ravenswood Old Hill Ranch Zinfandel 2006
          Zinfandel from Sonoma County, California
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          • Turley Old Vines Zinfandel 2006 Front Label
            Turley Old Vines Zinfandel 2006
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          • Bradford Mountain Dry Creek Zinfandel 2006 Front Label
            Bradford Mountain Dry Creek Zinfandel 2006
            Zinfandel from Dry Creek Valley, Sonoma County, California
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            Turley Mead Ranch Zinfandel 2006
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          • Starlite Vineyards Alexander Valley Zinfandel 2006 Front Label
            Starlite Vineyards Alexander Valley Zinfandel 2006
            Zinfandel from Alexander Valley, Sonoma County, California
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          • Edmeades Mendocino Zinfandel 2006 Front Label
            Edmeades Mendocino Zinfandel 2006
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          • Ravenswood Lodi Old Vine Zinfandel 2006 Front Label
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            • Haywood Los Chamizal Zinfandel 2006 Front Label
              Haywood Los Chamizal Zinfandel 2006
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            • Vineyard 29 Aida Estate Zinfandel 2006 Front Label
              Vineyard 29 Aida Estate Zinfandel 2006
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              • Turley Duarte Zinfandel 2006 Front Label
                Turley Duarte Zinfandel 2006
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                • Rancho Zabaco Heritage Vines Zinfandel 2006 Front Label
                  Rancho Zabaco Heritage Vines Zinfandel 2006
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                  • Zinfandelic Amador County Old Vine Zinfandel 2006 Front Label
                    Zinfandelic Amador County Old Vine Zinfandel 2006
                    Zinfandel from Sierra Foothills, California
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                    • Storybook Mountain Estate Reserve Zinfandel 2006 Front Label
                      Storybook Mountain Estate Reserve Zinfandel 2006
                      Zinfandel from Napa Valley, California
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                    • Williams Selyem Forchini Vineyard Zinfandel 2006 Front Label
                      Williams Selyem Forchini Vineyard Zinfandel 2006
                      Zinfandel from Russian River, Sonoma County, California
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                    • Ravenswood Dickerson Vineyard Zinfandel 2006 Front Label
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                    • Kunde Estate Zinfandel 2006 Front Label
                      Kunde Estate Zinfandel 2006
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                    • Turley Ueberroth Zinfandel 2006 Front Label
                      Turley Ueberroth Zinfandel 2006
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                    • Ridge Lytton Springs Zinfandel 2006 Front Label
                      Ridge Lytton Springs Zinfandel 2006
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                    • Chase Family Hayne Vineyard Estate Zinfandel 2006 Front Label
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                      • Turley Moore Earthquake Zinfandel 2006 Front Label
                        Turley Moore Earthquake Zinfandel 2006
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                      • Artezin Dry Creek Zinfandel 2006 Front Label
                        Artezin Dry Creek Zinfandel 2006
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                      • Robert Biale Vineyards Valsecchi Vineyard Zinfandel 2006 Front Label
                        Robert Biale Vineyards Valsecchi Vineyard Zinfandel 2006
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                        • Martinelli Jackass Vineyard Zinfandel 2006 Front Label
                          Martinelli Jackass Vineyard Zinfandel 2006
                          Zinfandel from Sonoma County, California
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