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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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  • Sausal Winery Family Old Vine Estate Zinfandel 2009 Front Label
    Sausal Winery Family Old Vine Estate Zinfandel 2009
    Zinfandel from Sonoma County, California
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  • Folie a Deux Dry Creek Zinfandel 2009 Front Label
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  • Bianchi Vineyards Paso Robles Heritage Selection Zinfandel 2009 Front Label
    Bianchi Vineyards Paso Robles Heritage Selection Zinfandel 2009
    Zinfandel from Paso Robles, Central Coast, California
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  • Terra d'Oro Zinfandel 2009 Front Label
    Terra d'Oro Zinfandel 2009
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  • Carlisle Carlisle Vineyard Zinfandel  2009 Front Label
    Carlisle Carlisle Vineyard Zinfandel 2009
    Zinfandel from Russian River, Sonoma County, California
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  • Bogle Old Vines Zinfandel 2009 Front Label
    Bogle Old Vines Zinfandel 2009
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  • Seghesio Sonoma Zinfandel 2009 Front Label
    Seghesio Sonoma Zinfandel 2009
    Zinfandel from Sonoma County, California
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  • Four Vines The Maverick Zinfandel 2009 Front Label
    Four Vines The Maverick Zinfandel 2009
    Zinfandel from Sierra Foothills, California
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  • Seghesio Sonoma Zinfandel (375ML half-bottle) 2009 Front Label
    Seghesio Sonoma Zinfandel (375ML half-bottle) 2009
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  • Paul Dolan Vineyards Zinfandel 2009 Front Label
    Paul Dolan Vineyards Zinfandel 2009
    Zinfandel from North Coast, California
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  • Seghesio Old Vine Zinfandel 2009 Front Label
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  • Artezin Mendocino Zinfandel 2009 Front Label
    Artezin Mendocino Zinfandel 2009
    Zinfandel from North Coast, California
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  • Ridge Pagani Ranch Zinfandel 2009 Front Label
    Ridge Pagani Ranch Zinfandel 2009
    Zinfandel from Sonoma County, California
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  • Buehler Zinfandel 2009 Front Label
    Buehler Zinfandel 2009
    Zinfandel from Napa Valley, California
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  • Hartford Russian River Old Vine Zinfandel 2009 Front Label
    Hartford Russian River Old Vine Zinfandel 2009
    Zinfandel from Russian River, Sonoma County, California
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  • Seghesio Home Ranch Zinfandel 2009 Front Label
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  • Robert Biale Vineyards Old Crane Ranch Zinfandel 2009 Front Label
    Robert Biale Vineyards Old Crane Ranch Zinfandel 2009
    Zinfandel from St. Helena, Napa Valley, California
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  • Outpost Howell Mountain Zinfandel 2009 Front Label
    Outpost Howell Mountain Zinfandel 2009
    Zinfandel from Napa Valley, California
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  • Turley Rattlesnake Ridge Zinfandel 2009 Front Label
    Turley Rattlesnake Ridge Zinfandel 2009
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  • Turley Ueberroth Zinfandel 2009 Front Label
    Turley Ueberroth Zinfandel 2009
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  • Quivira Dry Creek Valley Zinfandel 2009 Front Label
    Quivira Dry Creek Valley Zinfandel 2009
    Zinfandel from Dry Creek Valley, Sonoma County, California
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  • Williams Selyem Forchini Vineyard Zinfandel 2009 Front Label
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  • Turley Tofanelli Zinfandel 2009 Front Label
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  • Armida Poizin Zinfandel 2009 Front Label
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  • Robert Biale Vineyards Rocky Ridge Vineyard Zinfandel 2009 Front Label
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    Zinfandel from Rockpile, Sonoma County, California
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