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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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  • Klinker Brick Old Vine Zinfandel 2016  Front Label
    Klinker Brick Old Vine Zinfandel 2016
    Zinfandel from Lodi, California
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  • GEN5 Zinfandel 2016  Front Label
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    Zinfandel from Lodi, California
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    • Mettler Family Vineyards Epicenter Old Vine Zinfandel 2016  Front Label
      Mettler Family Vineyards Epicenter Old Vine Zinfandel 2016
      Zinfandel from Lodi, California
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    • Zinfandelic Sierra Foothills Old Vine Zinfandel 2016 Front Label
      Zinfandelic Sierra Foothills Old Vine Zinfandel 2016
      Zinfandel from Sierra Foothills, California
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    • Ridge Pagani Ranch Zinfandel 2016 Front Label
      Ridge Pagani Ranch Zinfandel 2016
      Zinfandel from Sonoma Valley, Sonoma County, California
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    • Peachy Canyon Incredible Red Zinfandel 2016  Front Label
      Peachy Canyon Incredible Red Zinfandel 2016
      Zinfandel from Paso Robles, Central Coast, California
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    • Klinker Brick Old Ghost Old Vine Zinfandel 2016  Front Label
      Klinker Brick Old Ghost Old Vine Zinfandel 2016
      Zinfandel from Lodi, California
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      • Frei Brothers Reserve Dry Creek Zinfandel 2016  Front Label
        Frei Brothers Reserve Dry Creek Zinfandel 2016
        Zinfandel from Dry Creek Valley, Sonoma County, California
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      • Leese-Fitch Zinfandel 2016  Front Label
        Leese-Fitch Zinfandel 2016
        Zinfandel from California
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      • Alexander Valley Vineyards Sin Zin Zinfandel 2016  Front Label
        Alexander Valley Vineyards Sin Zin Zinfandel 2016
        Zinfandel from Alexander Valley, Sonoma County, California
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      • Smoking Loon Old Vine Zinfandel 2016 Front Label
        Smoking Loon Old Vine Zinfandel 2016
        Zinfandel from California
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        • Bear Flag Zinfandel 2016 Front Label
          Bear Flag Zinfandel 2016
          Zinfandel from Sonoma County, California
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        • Novy Russian River Zinfandel 2016 Front Label
          Novy Russian River Zinfandel 2016
          Zinfandel from Russian River, Sonoma County, California
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        • The Great American Wine Company by Rosenblum Zinfandel 2016  Front Label
          The Great American Wine Company by Rosenblum Zinfandel 2016
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          • Napa Cellars Zinfandel 2016  Front Label
            Napa Cellars Zinfandel 2016
            Zinfandel from Napa Valley, California
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            • Terra d'Oro Deaver Ranch Old Vine Zinfandel 2016 Front Label
              Terra d'Oro Deaver Ranch Old Vine Zinfandel 2016
              Zinfandel from Amador, Sierra Foothills, California
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            • Ironstone Reserve Old Vine Zinfandel 2016  Front Label
              Ironstone Reserve Old Vine Zinfandel 2016
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              • Alexander Valley Vineyards Temptation Zinfandel 2016  Front Label
                Alexander Valley Vineyards Temptation Zinfandel 2016
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                • Kunde Estate Zinfandel 2016  Front Label
                  Kunde Estate Zinfandel 2016
                  Zinfandel from Sonoma Valley, Sonoma County, California
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                  • Clos du Bois Zinfandel 2016  Front Label
                    Clos du Bois Zinfandel 2016
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                    • The Federalist Bourbon Barrel Aged Zinfandel 2016 Front Label
                      The Federalist Bourbon Barrel Aged Zinfandel 2016
                      Zinfandel from Mendocino, California
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                      • Edmeades Mendocino Zinfandel 2016  Front Label
                        Edmeades Mendocino Zinfandel 2016
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                        • Folie a Deux Dry Creek Zinfandel 2016  Front Label
                          Folie a Deux Dry Creek Zinfandel 2016
                          Zinfandel from Dry Creek Valley, Sonoma County, California
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                          • Dashe McFadden Farm Les Enfants Terribles Zinfandel 2016  Front Label
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                            • Quivira Black Boar Zinfandel 2016  Front Label
                              Quivira Black Boar Zinfandel 2016
                              Zinfandel from Dry Creek Valley, Sonoma County, California
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