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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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  • Ridge East Bench Zinfandel 2007 Front Label
    Ridge East Bench Zinfandel 2007
    Zinfandel from Sonoma County, California
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    • Seghesio Sonoma Zinfandel 2007 Front Label
      Seghesio Sonoma Zinfandel 2007
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    • Artezin Dry Creek Zinfandel 2007 Front Label
      Artezin Dry Creek Zinfandel 2007
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      • Primaterra Primitivo 2007 Front Label
        Primaterra Primitivo 2007
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        • Elvis Presley Wine Cellars Old Vine Zinfandel 2007 Front Label
          Elvis Presley Wine Cellars Old Vine Zinfandel 2007
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          • Edmeades Mendocino Zinfandel 2007 Front Label
            Edmeades Mendocino Zinfandel 2007
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            • Ravenswood Lodi Old Vine Zinfandel 2007 Front Label
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              • Paul Dolan Vineyards Zinfandel 2007 Front Label
                Paul Dolan Vineyards Zinfandel 2007
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              • Charles Krug St. Helena-Napa Valley Zinfandel 2007 Front Label
                Charles Krug St. Helena-Napa Valley Zinfandel 2007
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              • Kunde Estate Zinfandel 2007 Front Label
                Kunde Estate Zinfandel 2007
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                • Clos du Bois Zinfandel 2007 Front Label
                  Clos du Bois Zinfandel 2007
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                  • Terra d'Oro Deaver Ranch Old Vine Zinfandel 2007 Front Label
                    Terra d'Oro Deaver Ranch Old Vine Zinfandel 2007
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                    • Ravenswood Zen of Zin Old Vine Zinfandel 2007 Front Label
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                      • Dry Creek Vineyard Old Vine Zinfandel 2007 Front Label
                        Dry Creek Vineyard Old Vine Zinfandel 2007
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                      • Clif Family Winery Gary's Improv Zinfandel 2007 Front Label
                        Clif Family Winery Gary's Improv Zinfandel 2007
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                      • Dancing Bull Zinfandel 2007 Front Label
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                        • Artezin Mendocino Zinfandel 2007 Front Label
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                        • Sextant Wheelhouse Zinfandel 2007 Front Label
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                        • Kenwood Sonoma Zinfandel 2007 Front Label
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                          • Bonterra Organically Grown Zinfandel 2007 Front Label
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                            • Sausal Winery Family Old Vine Estate Zinfandel 2007 Front Label
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                              • Rancho Zabaco Heritage Vines Zinfandel 2007 Front Label
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