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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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  • Ravenswood Teldeschi Vineyard Zinfandel 2014 Front Label
    Ravenswood Teldeschi Vineyard Zinfandel 2014
    Zinfandel from Dry Creek Valley, Sonoma County, California
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    Opaque Zinfandel 2014
    Zinfandel from Paso Robles, Central Coast, California
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    Miller Wine Works Zinfandel Shake Ridge 2014
    Zinfandel from Amador, Sierra Foothills, California
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  • LangeTwins Estate Old Vine Zinfandel 2014 Front Label
    LangeTwins Estate Old Vine Zinfandel 2014
    Zinfandel from Lodi, California
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  • Carlisle Montafi Ranch Zinfandel  2014 Front Label
    Carlisle Montafi Ranch Zinfandel 2014
    Zinfandel from Russian River, 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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  • Peachy Canyon Vortex Zinfandel 2014 Front Label
    Peachy Canyon Vortex Zinfandel 2014
    Zinfandel from Paso Robles, Central Coast, 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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    Peachy Canyon Westside Zinfandel 2014
    Zinfandel from Paso Robles, Central Coast, California
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  • Klinker Brick Marisa Vineyard Old Vine Zinfandel 2014 Front Label
    Klinker Brick Marisa Vineyard Old Vine Zinfandel 2014
    Zinfandel from Lodi, California
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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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  • Mauritson Dry Creek Valley Zinfandel 2014 Front Label
    Mauritson Dry Creek Valley Zinfandel 2014
    Zinfandel from Dry Creek Valley, Sonoma County, California
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  • Rodney Strong Estate Knotty Vines Zinfandel 2014 Front Label
    Rodney Strong Estate Knotty Vines Zinfandel 2014
    Zinfandel from Sonoma County, California
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  • Rock Wall Monte Rosso Reserve Zinfandel 2014 Front Label
    Rock Wall Monte Rosso Reserve Zinfandel 2014
    Zinfandel from Sonoma County, 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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  • Ravenswood Belloni Ranch Zinfandel 2014 Front Label
    Ravenswood Belloni Ranch Zinfandel 2014
    Zinfandel from Russian River, Sonoma County, California
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  • 1000 Stories Bourbon Barrel Aged Zinfandel 2014 Front Label
    1000 Stories Bourbon Barrel Aged Zinfandel 2014
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  • Bodkin PeaceLand Vineyard Zinfandel 2014 Front Label
    Bodkin PeaceLand Vineyard Zinfandel 2014
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  • Zin-Phomaniac Lodi Old Vine Zinfandel 2014 Front Label
    Zin-Phomaniac Lodi Old Vine Zinfandel 2014
    Zinfandel from Lodi, California
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  • Alexander Valley Vineyards Sin Zin Zinfandel 2014 Front Label
    Alexander Valley Vineyards Sin Zin Zinfandel 2014
    Zinfandel from Alexander Valley, Sonoma County, California
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  • Klinker Brick Old Ghost Old Vine Zinfandel 2014 Front Label
    Klinker Brick Old Ghost Old Vine Zinfandel 2014
    Zinfandel from Lodi, California
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  • Michael David Winery 7 Deadly Zins Zinfandel (375ML half-bottle) 2014 Front Label
    Michael David Winery 7 Deadly Zins Zinfandel (375ML half-bottle) 2014
    Zinfandel from Lodi, California
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    Terra d'Oro Deaver Ranch Old Vine Zinfandel 2014
    Zinfandel from Amador, Sierra Foothills, California
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    Saucelito Canyon Estate Zinfandel 2014
    Zinfandel from Central Coast, California
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  • Girard Old Vine Zinfandel 2014 Front Label
    Girard Old Vine Zinfandel 2014
    Zinfandel from Napa Valley, California
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