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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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  • Carlisle Napa Valley Hayne Vineyard Zinfandel 2011 Front Label
    Carlisle Napa Valley Hayne Vineyard Zinfandel 2011
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  • Williams Selyem Bacigalupi Vineyard Zinfandel 2011 Front Label
    Williams Selyem Bacigalupi Vineyard Zinfandel 2011
    Zinfandel from Russian River, Sonoma County, California
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  • GEN5 Zinfandel 2011 Front Label
    GEN5 Zinfandel 2011
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    • LangeTwins Lewis Vineyard Centennial Zinfandel 2011 Front Label
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      • DeLoach Russian River Zinfandel 2011 Front Label
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        • Turley Dragon Zinfandel 2011 Front Label
          Turley Dragon Zinfandel 2011
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        • Ravenswood Old Hill Ranch Zinfandel 2011 Front Label
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          • Storybook Mountain Mayacamas Range Zinfandel 2011 Front Label
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            • Saucelito Canyon Estate Reserve Zinfandel 2011 Front Label
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              • Zinfandelic Sierra Foothills Old Vine Zinfandel 2011 Front Label
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                • LangeTwins Zinfandel 2011 Front Label
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                  • Denner Zinfandel 2011 Front Label
                    Denner Zinfandel 2011
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                    • Hartford Highwire Vineyard Zinfandel 2011 Front Label
                      Hartford Highwire Vineyard 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
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                      • Frog's Leap Zinfandel 2011 Front Label
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                      • Cellar No. 8 Zinfandel 2011 Front Label
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                        • Lava Cap Reserve Zinfandel 2011 Front Label
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                          • Cartlidge & Browne Zinfandel 2011 Front Label
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                            • Tortoise Creek The Chelonian Zinfandel 2011 Front Label
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                              • Estancia Paso Robles Zinfandel 2011 Front Label
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                                  • Mike and Molly Hendry R.W. Moore Vineyard Zinfandel 2011 Front Label
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