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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 Old Vines Zinfandel 2017  Front Label
    Turley Old Vines Zinfandel 2017
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    • Rombauer California Zinfandel 2017  Front Label
      Rombauer California Zinfandel 2017
      Zinfandel from California
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    • Seghesio Sonoma Zinfandel (375ML half-bottle) 2017 Front Label
      Seghesio Sonoma Zinfandel (375ML half-bottle) 2017
      Zinfandel from Sonoma County, California
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    • The Federalist Lodi Zinfandel 2017  Front Label
      The Federalist Lodi Zinfandel 2017
      Zinfandel from Lodi, California
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    • Plungerhead Lodi Old Vine Zinfandel 2017  Front Label
      Plungerhead Lodi Old Vine Zinfandel 2017
      Zinfandel from Lodi, California
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      • Rombauer El Dorado Twin Rivers Zinfandel 2017  Front Label
        Rombauer El Dorado Twin Rivers Zinfandel 2017
        Zinfandel from El Dorado, Sierra Foothills, California
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        • Ancient Peaks Paso Robles Zinfandel 2017 Front Label
          Ancient Peaks Paso Robles Zinfandel 2017
          Zinfandel from Santa Margarita Ranch, Paso Robles, Central Coast, California
          • WW89
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        • Artezin Mendocino Zinfandel 2017 Front Label
          Artezin Mendocino Zinfandel 2017
          Zinfandel from Mendocino, California
          • WW92
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        • Limerick Lane Russian River Zinfandel 2017  Front Label
          Limerick Lane Russian River Zinfandel 2017
          Zinfandel from Russian River, Sonoma County, California
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          • V90
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        • Martinelli Jackass Vineyard Zinfandel 2017 Front Label
          Martinelli Jackass Vineyard Zinfandel 2017
          Zinfandel from Russian River, Sonoma County, California
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        • Michael David Winery Earthquake Zinfandel 2017  Front Label
          Michael David Winery Earthquake Zinfandel 2017
          Zinfandel from Lodi, California
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          • Mauritson Dry Creek Valley Zinfandel 2017  Front Label
            Mauritson Dry Creek Valley Zinfandel 2017
            Zinfandel from Dry Creek Valley, Sonoma County, California
            • WE93
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            • WW91
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          • Cosentino The Zin 2017 Front Label
            Cosentino The Zin 2017
            Zinfandel from Lodi, California
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            • Marietta Angeli Estate Zinfandel 2017  Front Label
              Marietta Angeli Estate Zinfandel 2017
              Zinfandel from Alexander Valley, Sonoma County, California
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            • Williams Selyem Fanucchi-Wood Road Zinfandel 2017 Front Label
              Williams Selyem Fanucchi-Wood Road Zinfandel 2017
              Zinfandel from Russian River, Sonoma County, California
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            • St. Francis Old Vines Zinfandel 2017  Front Label
              St. Francis Old Vines Zinfandel 2017
              Zinfandel from Sonoma County, California
              • WS89
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            • Four Vines Biker Paso Robles Zinfandel 2017 Front Label
              Four Vines Biker Paso Robles Zinfandel 2017
              Zinfandel from Paso Robles, Central Coast, California
              • WE91
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            • Eberle Zinfandel 2017  Front Label
              Eberle Zinfandel 2017
              Zinfandel from Paso Robles, Central Coast, California
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            • Trentadue La Storia Zinfandel 2017  Front Label
              Trentadue La Storia Zinfandel 2017
              Zinfandel from Alexander Valley, Sonoma County, California
              • WW89
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            • Tortoise Creek The Chelonian Zinfandel 2017 Front Label
              Tortoise Creek The Chelonian Zinfandel 2017
              Zinfandel from Lodi, California
              • WW89
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            • Rombauer California Zinfandel (375ML half-bottle) 2017 Front Label
              Rombauer California Zinfandel (375ML half-bottle) 2017
              Zinfandel from California
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            • Williams Selyem Saitone Estate Zinfandel 2017  Front Label
              Williams Selyem Saitone Estate Zinfandel 2017
              Zinfandel from Russian River, Sonoma County, California
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            • Renwood Winery Premier Old Vine Zinfandel 2017  Front Label
              Renwood Winery Premier Old Vine Zinfandel 2017
              Zinfandel from Amador, Sierra Foothills, California
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            • Boneshaker Old Vine Zinfandel 2017  Front Label
              Boneshaker Old Vine Zinfandel 2017
              Zinfandel from Lodi, California
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