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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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  • Edmeades Mendocino Zinfandel 2017  Front Label
    Edmeades Mendocino Zinfandel 2017
    Zinfandel from Mendocino, California
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    • Seghesio Old Vine Zinfandel 2017  Front Label
      Seghesio Old Vine Zinfandel 2017
      Zinfandel from Sonoma County, California
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    • Klinker Brick Old Ghost Old Vine Zinfandel 2017  Front Label
      Klinker Brick Old Ghost Old Vine Zinfandel 2017
      Zinfandel from Lodi, California
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    • 7 Deadly Zins Zinfandel 2017  Front Label
      7 Deadly Zins Zinfandel 2017
      Zinfandel from Lodi, California
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    • Seghesio Cortina Zinfandel 2017  Front Label
      Seghesio Cortina Zinfandel 2017
      Zinfandel from Dry Creek Valley, Sonoma County, California
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    • Napa Cellars Zinfandel 2017 Front Label
      Napa Cellars Zinfandel 2017
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      • Bear Flag Zinfandel 2017 Front Label
        Bear Flag Zinfandel 2017
        Zinfandel from Sonoma County, California
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      • Dashe Vineyard Select Zinfandel 2017  Front Label
        Dashe Vineyard Select Zinfandel 2017
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        • Cline Big Break Zinfandel 2017  Front Label
          Cline Big Break Zinfandel 2017
          Zinfandel from San Francisco Bay, Central Coast, California
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        • Acre Zinfandel 2017  Front Label
          Acre Zinfandel 2017
          Zinfandel from Napa Valley, California
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        • Seghesio Home Ranch Zinfandel 2017  Front Label
          Seghesio Home Ranch Zinfandel 2017
          Zinfandel from Alexander Valley, Sonoma County, California
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          • Klinker Brick Old Vine Zinfandel 2017  Front Label
            Klinker Brick Old Vine Zinfandel 2017
            Zinfandel from Lodi, California
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            • Leese-Fitch Zinfandel 2017  Front Label
              Leese-Fitch Zinfandel 2017
              Zinfandel from California
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              • Day Sonoma Zinfandel 2017  Front Label
                Day Sonoma Zinfandel 2017
                Zinfandel from Sonoma County, California
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              • Girard Old Vine Zinfandel 2017  Front Label
                Girard Old Vine Zinfandel 2017
                Zinfandel from Napa Valley, California
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              • Alexander Valley Vineyards Sin Zin Zinfandel 2017  Front Label
                Alexander Valley Vineyards Sin Zin Zinfandel 2017
                Zinfandel from Alexander Valley, Sonoma County, California
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                • Hendry Block 7 and 22 Zinfandel 2017  Front Label
                  Hendry Block 7 and 22 Zinfandel 2017
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                  • St. Francis Reserve Zinfandel 2017  Front Label
                    St. Francis Reserve Zinfandel 2017
                    Zinfandel from Dry Creek Valley, Sonoma County, California
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                  • The Federalist Bourbon Barrel Aged Zinfandel 2017  Front Label
                    The Federalist Bourbon Barrel Aged Zinfandel 2017
                    Zinfandel from Mendocino, 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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                    • 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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                    • Radio-Coteau Lemorel Zinfandel 2017  Front Label
                      Radio-Coteau Lemorel Zinfandel 2017
                      Zinfandel from Sonoma Coast, Sonoma County, California
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