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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'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 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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  • Ravenswood Old Hill Ranch Zinfandel 2007 Front Label
    Ravenswood Old Hill Ranch Zinfandel 2007
    Zinfandel from Sonoma County, California
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  • Edmeades Mendocino Zinfandel 2007 Front Label
    Edmeades Mendocino Zinfandel 2007
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    • Turley Dragon Zinfandel 2007 Front Label
      Turley Dragon Zinfandel 2007
      Zinfandel from Howell Mountain, Napa Valley, California
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    • Ravenswood Teldeschi Vineyard Zinfandel 2007 Front Label
      Ravenswood Teldeschi Vineyard Zinfandel 2007
      Zinfandel from Sonoma County, California
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    • Valley of the Moon Zinfandel 2007 Front Label
      Valley of the Moon Zinfandel 2007
      Zinfandel from Sonoma County, California
      • CG91
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    • St. Francis Old Vines Zinfandel 2007 Front Label
      St. Francis Old Vines Zinfandel 2007
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      • Turley Fredericks Vineyard Zinfandel 2007 Front Label
        Turley Fredericks Vineyard Zinfandel 2007
        Zinfandel from Sonoma Valley, Sonoma County, California
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      • Turley Zampatti Vineyard Zinfandel (torn label) 2007 Front Label
        Turley Zampatti Vineyard Zinfandel (torn label) 2007
        Zinfandel from Sonoma County, California
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      • Starry Night Winery Russian River Old Vine Zinfandel 2007 Front Label
        Starry Night Winery Russian River Old Vine Zinfandel 2007
        Zinfandel from Russian River, Sonoma County, California
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        • Rancho Zabaco Monte Rosso Zinfandel 2007 Front Label
          Rancho Zabaco Monte Rosso Zinfandel 2007
          Zinfandel from Sonoma County, California
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        • Ridge Paso Robles Zinfandel 2007 Front Label
          Ridge Paso Robles Zinfandel 2007
          Zinfandel from Paso Robles, Central Coast, California
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        • Williams Selyem Bacigalupi Vineyard Zinfandel 2007 Front Label
          Williams Selyem Bacigalupi Vineyard Zinfandel 2007
          Zinfandel from Russian River, Sonoma County, California
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          • RP91
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        • Ledson Winery & Vineyards Old Vine Zinfandel 2007 Front Label
          Ledson Winery & Vineyards Old Vine Zinfandel 2007
          Zinfandel from Russian River, Sonoma County, California
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          • Storybook Mountain Mayacamas Range Zinfandel 2007 Front Label
            Storybook Mountain Mayacamas Range Zinfandel 2007
            Zinfandel from Napa Valley, California
            • W&S92
            • RP91
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          • Frog's Leap Zinfandel (1.5 Liter Magnum) 2007 Front Label
            Frog's Leap Zinfandel (1.5 Liter Magnum) 2007
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          • Storybook Mountain Eastern Exposures Zinfandel 2007 Front Label
            Storybook Mountain Eastern Exposures Zinfandel 2007
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          • Wines 4 Cures 4 Foxes Napa Valley Zinfandel 2007 Front Label
            Wines 4 Cures 4 Foxes Napa Valley Zinfandel 2007
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            • Napa Cellars Zinfandel 2007 Front Label
              Napa Cellars Zinfandel 2007
              Zinfandel from Napa Valley, California
              • CG90
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            • Dry Creek Vineyard Heritage Zinfandel 2007 Front Label
              Dry Creek Vineyard Heritage Zinfandel 2007
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              • Brazin Dry Creek Valley Zinfandel 2007 Front Label
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                Zinfandel from Dry Creek Valley, Sonoma County, California
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              • XYZin 10 2007 Front Label
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                • Gnarly Head Old Vine Zinfandel 2007 Front Label
                  Gnarly Head Old Vine Zinfandel 2007
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                  • Chase Family Hayne Vineyard Estate Zinfandel 2007 Front Label
                    Chase Family Hayne Vineyard Estate Zinfandel 2007
                    Zinfandel from St. Helena, Napa Valley, California
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                    • DeLoach O.F.S. Zinfandel 2007 Front Label
                      DeLoach O.F.S. Zinfandel 2007
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                    • Ridge East Bench Zinfandel 2007 Front Label
                      Ridge East Bench Zinfandel 2007
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