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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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  • Tin Barn Zinfandel 2014  Front Label
    Tin Barn Zinfandel 2014
    Zinfandel from Russian River, Sonoma County, California
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    Buena Vista Sonoma Zinfandel 2014
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  • Ironstone Rous Vineyard Reserve Zinfandel 2014 Front Label
    Ironstone Rous Vineyard Reserve Zinfandel 2014
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    • Turley Duarte Zinfandel 2014 Front Label
      Turley Duarte Zinfandel 2014
      Zinfandel from San Francisco Bay, Central Coast, California
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      Turley Mead Ranch Zinfandel 2014
      Zinfandel from Napa Valley, California
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    • Enkidu Bedrock Zinfandel 2014 Front Label
      Enkidu Bedrock Zinfandel 2014
      Zinfandel from Sonoma Valley, Sonoma County, California
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    • Brazin Old Vine Lodi Zinfandel 2014 Front Label
      Brazin Old Vine Lodi Zinfandel 2014
      Zinfandel from Lodi, California
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      • Peachy Canyon Vortex Zinfandel 2014 Front Label
        Peachy Canyon Vortex Zinfandel 2014
        Zinfandel from Paso Robles, Central Coast, California
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      • Poco a Poco Russian River Zinfandel 2014 Front Label
        Poco a Poco Russian River Zinfandel 2014
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        • Terra d'Oro Home Vineyard Zinfandel 2014 Front Label
          Terra d'Oro Home Vineyard Zinfandel 2014
          Zinfandel from Amador, Sierra Foothills, California
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        • Moss Roxx Ancient Vine Zinfandel 2014 Front Label
          Moss Roxx Ancient Vine Zinfandel 2014
          Zinfandel from Lodi, California
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        • Seghesio Sonoma Zinfandel 2014 Front Label
          Seghesio Sonoma Zinfandel 2014
          Zinfandel from Sonoma County, California
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          Klinker Brick Old Ghost Old Vine Zinfandel 2014
          Zinfandel from Lodi, California
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        • Turley Vineyard 101 Zinfandel 2014 Front Label
          Turley Vineyard 101 Zinfandel 2014
          Zinfandel from Alexander Valley, Sonoma County, California
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        • Edmeades Mendocino Zinfandel 2014 Front Label
          Edmeades Mendocino Zinfandel 2014
          Zinfandel from Mendocino, California
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          Turley Buck Cobb Vineyard Zinfandel 2014
          Zinfandel from Amador, Sierra Foothills, California
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        • Bedrock Wine Company California Old Vine Zinfandel 2014 Front Label
          Bedrock Wine Company California Old Vine Zinfandel 2014
          Zinfandel from Sonoma County, California
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          Turley Zampatti Vineyard Zinfandel 2014
          Zinfandel from Sonoma County, California
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        • Turley Dragon Zinfandel 2014 Front Label
          Turley Dragon Zinfandel 2014
          Zinfandel from Howell Mountain, Napa Valley, California
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          Turley Heminway Zinfandel 2014
          Zinfandel from Napa Valley, California
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        • Four Vines Old Vine Zinfandel 2014 Front Label
          Four Vines Old Vine Zinfandel 2014
          Zinfandel from California
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        • Rock Wall Jesse's Vineyard Zinfandel 2014  Front Label
          Rock Wall Jesse's Vineyard Zinfandel 2014
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          • Williams Selyem Papera Vineyard Zinfandel 2014 Front Label
            Williams Selyem Papera Vineyard Zinfandel 2014
            Zinfandel from Russian River, Sonoma County, California
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          • Michael David Winery Earthquake Zinfandel 2014 Front Label
            Michael David Winery Earthquake Zinfandel 2014
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            • Rosenblum Cellars Paso Robles Zinfandel 2014 Front Label
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              Zinfandel from Paso Robles, Central Coast, California
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