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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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  • Scherrer Winery Scherrer Vineyard Old & Mature Vines Zinfandel 2014  Front Label
    Scherrer Winery Scherrer Vineyard Old & Mature Vines Zinfandel 2014
    Zinfandel from Alexander Valley, Sonoma County, California
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    Turley Rattlesnake Ridge Zinfandel 2014
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  • Novy Papera Vineyard Zinfandel 2014 Front Label
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    Turley Dusi Zinfandel 2014
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  • Bedrock Wine Company California Old Vine Zinfandel 2014 Front Label
    Bedrock Wine Company California Old Vine Zinfandel 2014
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  • Turley Estate Zinfandel 2014 Front Label
    Turley Estate Zinfandel 2014
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  • Decoy Zinfandel 2014 Front Label
    Decoy Zinfandel 2014
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    Rock Wall Monte Rosso Reserve Zinfandel 2014
    Zinfandel from Sonoma County, California
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    Turley Heminway Zinfandel 2014
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  • Williams Selyem Papera Vineyard Zinfandel 2014 Front Label
    Williams Selyem Papera Vineyard Zinfandel 2014
    Zinfandel from Russian River, Sonoma County, California
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  • Carol Shelton Rocky Reserve Zinfandel 2014 Front Label
    Carol Shelton Rocky Reserve Zinfandel 2014
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  • Seghesio Cortina Zinfandel 2014 Front Label
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    Zinfandel from Dry Creek Valley, Sonoma County, California
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    Sbragia Gino's Dry Creek Valley Zinfandel 2014
    Zinfandel from Dry Creek Valley, Sonoma County, California
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