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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 Dusi Zinfandel 2011 Front Label
    Turley Dusi Zinfandel 2011
    Zinfandel from Central Coast, California
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  • Carlisle Napa Valley Hayne Vineyard Zinfandel 2011 Front Label
    Carlisle Napa Valley Hayne Vineyard Zinfandel 2011
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    Ravenswood Belloni Ranch Zinfandel 2011
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  • Zinfandelic Sierra Foothills Old Vine Zinfandel 2011 Front Label
    Zinfandelic Sierra Foothills Old Vine Zinfandel 2011
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    • Saucelito Canyon Estate Reserve Zinfandel 2011 Front Label
      Saucelito Canyon Estate Reserve Zinfandel 2011
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      • Frog's Leap Zinfandel (3 Liter Bottle) 2011 Front Label
        Frog's Leap Zinfandel (3 Liter Bottle) 2011
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      • Saxon Brown Stonewall Zinfandel 2011 Front Label
        Saxon Brown Stonewall Zinfandel 2011
        Zinfandel from Sonoma Valley, Sonoma County, California
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        • Joseph Swan Mancini Zinfandel 2011 Front Label
          Joseph Swan Mancini Zinfandel 2011
          Zinfandel from Russian River, Sonoma County, California
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        • Renwood Winery Timberline Zinfandel 2011 Front Label
          Renwood Winery Timberline Zinfandel 2011
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          • LangeTwins Zinfandel 2011 Front Label
            LangeTwins Zinfandel 2011
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            • Cellar No. 8 Zinfandel 2011 Front Label
              Cellar No. 8 Zinfandel 2011
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              • Lava Cap Reserve Zinfandel 2011 Front Label
                Lava Cap Reserve Zinfandel 2011
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                • Turley Dragon Zinfandel 2011 Front Label
                  Turley Dragon Zinfandel 2011
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                • Renwood Winery California Zinfandel 2011 Front Label
                  Renwood Winery California Zinfandel 2011
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                  • Tortoise Creek The Chelonian Zinfandel 2011 Front Label
                    Tortoise Creek The Chelonian Zinfandel 2011
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                    • Buena Vista Sonoma Zinfandel 2011 Front Label
                      Buena Vista Sonoma Zinfandel 2011
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                      • Cartlidge & Browne Zinfandel 2011 Front Label
                        Cartlidge & Browne Zinfandel 2011
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                        • Carol Shelton Rocky Reserve Zinfandel 2011 Front Label
                          Carol Shelton Rocky Reserve Zinfandel 2011
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                          • Shannon Reserve Two Bud Block Zinfandel 2011 Front Label
                            Shannon Reserve Two Bud Block Zinfandel 2011
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                            • Alexander Valley Vineyards Redemption Zin 2011 Front Label
                              Alexander Valley Vineyards Redemption Zin 2011
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                            • J. Lohr Painter Bridge Zinfandel 2011 Front Label
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                              • Mike and Molly Hendry R.W. Moore Vineyard Zinfandel 2011 Front Label
                                Mike and Molly Hendry R.W. Moore Vineyard Zinfandel 2011
                                Zinfandel from Napa Valley, California
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                              • Estancia Paso Robles Zinfandel 2011 Front Label
                                Estancia Paso Robles Zinfandel 2011
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                                • Pietra Santa Zinfandel 2011 Front Label
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                                  • Jeff Cohn Cellars Landy Sweetwater Springs Zinfandel 2011 Front Label
                                    Jeff Cohn Cellars Landy Sweetwater Springs Zinfandel 2011
                                    Zinfandel from Russian River, Sonoma County, California
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