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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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  • Rosenblum Cellars Rockpile Road Zinfandel 2013 Front Label
    Rosenblum Cellars Rockpile Road Zinfandel 2013
    Zinfandel from Rockpile, Sonoma County, California
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    Klinker Brick Marisa Vineyard Old Vine Zinfandel 2013
    Zinfandel from Lodi, California
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  • Chateau Montelena Estate Zinfandel 2013 Front Label
    Chateau Montelena Estate Zinfandel 2013
    Zinfandel from Calistoga, Napa Valley, California
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  • Renwood Winery Premier Old Vine Zinfandel 2013 Front Label
    Renwood Winery Premier Old Vine Zinfandel 2013
    Zinfandel from Amador, Sierra Foothills, California
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  • Dashe Todd Brothers Ranch Zinfandel 2013 Front Label
    Dashe Todd Brothers Ranch Zinfandel 2013
    Zinfandel from Alexander Valley, Sonoma County, California
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    Beran California Zinfandel 2013
    Zinfandel from California
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  • Rock Wall Jesse's Vineyard Zinfandel 2013 Front Label
    Rock Wall Jesse's Vineyard Zinfandel 2013
    Zinfandel from San Francisco Bay, Central Coast, California
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  • Shannon Ridge High Elevation Zinfandel 2013 Front Label
    Shannon Ridge High Elevation Zinfandel 2013
    Zinfandel from Lake County, North Coast, California
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  • Romililly Monte Rosso Vineyard Zinfandel 2013 Front Label
    Romililly Monte Rosso Vineyard Zinfandel 2013
    Zinfandel from Sonoma Valley, Sonoma County, California
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  • Valley of the Moon Zinfandel 2013 Front Label
    Valley of the Moon Zinfandel 2013
    Zinfandel from Sonoma County, California
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  • LangeTwins Estate Old Vine Zinfandel 2013 Front Label
    LangeTwins Estate Old Vine Zinfandel 2013
    Zinfandel from Lodi, California
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  • Elyse Korte Ranch Zinfandel 2013 Front Label
    Elyse Korte Ranch Zinfandel 2013
    Zinfandel from St. Helena, Napa Valley, California
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  • Shannon Reserve Two Bud Block Zinfandel 2013 Front Label
    Shannon Reserve Two Bud Block Zinfandel 2013
    Zinfandel from High Valley, Lake County, North Coast, California
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  • Haraszthy Family Cellars Amador County Zinfandel 2013 Front Label
    Haraszthy Family Cellars Amador County Zinfandel 2013
    Zinfandel from Amador, Sierra Foothills, California
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  • Oakville Winery Estate Zinfandel 2013 Front Label
    Oakville Winery Estate Zinfandel 2013
    Zinfandel from Oakville, Napa Valley, California
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    Zinfandel from Mendocino, California
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  • Dry Creek Vineyard Heritage Zinfandel 2013 Front Label
    Dry Creek Vineyard Heritage Zinfandel 2013
    Zinfandel from Sonoma County, California
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  • Sky Mt. Veeder Zinfandel 2013 Front Label
    Sky Mt. Veeder Zinfandel 2013
    Zinfandel from Mt. Veeder, Napa Valley, California
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  • Lake Sonoma Winery Dry Creek Valley Zinfandel 2013 Front Label
    Lake Sonoma Winery Dry Creek Valley Zinfandel 2013
    Zinfandel from Dry Creek Valley, Sonoma County, California
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  • Storybook Mountain Mayacamas Range Zinfandel 2013 Front Label
    Storybook Mountain Mayacamas Range Zinfandel 2013
    Zinfandel from Napa Valley, California
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  • Carol Shelton Pizazz Zinfandel 2013 Front Label
    Carol Shelton Pizazz Zinfandel 2013
    Zinfandel from Lodi, California
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  • Elyse Morisoli Vineyard Zinfandel 2013  Front Label
    Elyse Morisoli Vineyard Zinfandel 2013
    Zinfandel from Rutherford, Napa Valley, California
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    Rombauer California Zinfandel 2013
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  • Caricature Old Vine Zinfandel 2013 Front Label
    Caricature Old Vine Zinfandel 2013
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  • Grgich Hills Estate Zinfandel 2013 Front Label
    Grgich Hills Estate Zinfandel 2013
    Zinfandel from Napa Valley, California
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