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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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  • Sky Mt. Veeder Zinfandel 2014  Front Label
    Sky Mt. Veeder Zinfandel 2014
    Zinfandel from Mt. Veeder, Napa Valley, California
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  • Dunning Ridge Top Zinfandel 2014  Front Label
    Dunning Ridge Top Zinfandel 2014
    Zinfandel from Willow Creek District, Paso Robles, Central Coast, California
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    • Joseph Swan Bastoni Zinfandel 2014 Front Label
      Joseph Swan Bastoni Zinfandel 2014
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      • Tin Barn Zinfandel 2014  Front Label
        Tin Barn Zinfandel 2014
        Zinfandel from Russian River, Sonoma County, California
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      • Murphy-Goode Liar's Dice Zinfandel 2014 Front Label
        Murphy-Goode Liar's Dice Zinfandel 2014
        Zinfandel from Sonoma County, California
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      • Turley Hayne Zinfandel 2014 Front Label
        Turley Hayne Zinfandel 2014
        Zinfandel from Napa Valley, California
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      • Turley Fredericks Vineyard Zinfandel 2014 Front Label
        Turley Fredericks Vineyard Zinfandel 2014
        Zinfandel from Sonoma County, California
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      • Rosenblum Cellars Rockpile Road Zinfandel 2014 Front Label
        Rosenblum Cellars Rockpile Road Zinfandel 2014
        Zinfandel from Rockpile, Sonoma County, California
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        • Turley Old Vines Zinfandel 2014 Front Label
          Turley Old Vines Zinfandel 2014
          Zinfandel from California
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        • Turley Salvador Zinfandel 2014 Front Label
          Turley Salvador Zinfandel 2014
          Zinfandel from Central Coast, California
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        • Turley Cedarman Zinfandel 2014 Front Label
          Turley Cedarman Zinfandel 2014
          Zinfandel from Howell Mountain, Napa Valley, California
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        • Turley Pesenti Zinfandel 2014 Front Label
          Turley Pesenti Zinfandel 2014
          Zinfandel from Paso Robles, Central Coast, California
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        • Old Soul Vineyards Zinfandel 2014 Front Label
          Old Soul Vineyards Zinfandel 2014
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          • Ravenswood Belloni Ranch Zinfandel 2014 Front Label
            Ravenswood Belloni Ranch Zinfandel 2014
            Zinfandel from Russian River, Sonoma County, California
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          • Carlisle Montafi Ranch Zinfandel  2014 Front Label
            Carlisle Montafi Ranch Zinfandel 2014
            Zinfandel from Russian River, Sonoma County, California
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          • Novy Russian River Zinfandel 2014 Front Label
            Novy Russian River Zinfandel 2014
            Zinfandel from Russian River, Sonoma County, California
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            • Peter Franus Red Hills Zinfandel 2014 Front Label
              Peter Franus Red Hills Zinfandel 2014
              Zinfandel from Red Hills, Lake County, North Coast, California
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              • Turley Dusi Zinfandel 2014 Front Label
                Turley Dusi Zinfandel 2014
                Zinfandel from Paso Robles, Central Coast, California
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              • Noble Tree Zinfandel 2014 Front Label
                Noble Tree Zinfandel 2014
                Zinfandel from Russian River, Sonoma County, California
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                • Calcareous Vineyard Twisted Paso Zinfandel 2014 Front Label
                  Calcareous Vineyard Twisted Paso Zinfandel 2014
                  Zinfandel from Paso Robles, Central Coast, California
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                • Sean Minor H. Mynors Zinfandel 2014 Front Label
                  Sean Minor H. Mynors Zinfandel 2014
                  Zinfandel from California
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                • Peter Franus Brandlin Vineyard Zinfandel 2014 Front Label
                  Peter Franus Brandlin Vineyard Zinfandel 2014
                  Zinfandel from Mt. Veeder, Napa Valley, California
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                  • Turley Dogtown Vineyard Zinfandel 2014 Front Label
                    Turley Dogtown Vineyard Zinfandel 2014
                    Zinfandel from Lodi, California
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                  • Hartford Russian River Old Vine Zinfandel 2014 Front Label
                    Hartford Russian River Old Vine Zinfandel 2014
                    Zinfandel from Russian River, Sonoma County, California
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                  • Turley Judge Bell Vineyard Zinfandel 2014 Front Label
                    Turley Judge Bell Vineyard Zinfandel 2014
                    Zinfandel from Amador, Sierra Foothills, California
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