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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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  • Seghesio Sonoma Zinfandel 2019  Front Label
    Seghesio Sonoma Zinfandel 2019
    Zinfandel from Sonoma County, California
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    Rombauer California Zinfandel 2019
    Zinfandel from California
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  • OZV Old Vine Zinfandel 2019  Front Label
    OZV Old Vine Zinfandel 2019
    Zinfandel from Lodi, California
    • TP90
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  • Opaque Zinfandel 2017  Front Label
    Opaque Zinfandel 2017
    Zinfandel from Paso Robles, Central Coast, California
    • WE91
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  • The Prisoner Wine Company Saldo Zinfandel  Front Label
    The Prisoner Wine Company Saldo Zinfandel
    Zinfandel from California
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    • Bogle Old Vines Zinfandel 2018  Front Label
      Bogle Old Vines Zinfandel 2018
      Zinfandel from California
      • WE90
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    • Rombauer El Dorado Twin Rivers Zinfandel 2019  Front Label
      Rombauer El Dorado Twin Rivers Zinfandel 2019
      Zinfandel from El Dorado, Sierra Foothills, California
      • WW90
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    • Ridge Paso Robles Zinfandel 2019  Front Label
      Ridge Paso Robles Zinfandel 2019
      Zinfandel from Paso Robles, Central Coast, California
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      • JD92
      4.1 21 Ratings
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    • Carlisle Papera Ranch Zinfandel  2018  Front Label
      Carlisle Papera Ranch Zinfandel 2018
      Zinfandel from Russian River, Sonoma County, California
      • JD96
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      • WS94
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    • Dry Creek Vineyard Heritage Zinfandel 2019  Front Label
      Dry Creek Vineyard Heritage Zinfandel 2019
      Zinfandel from Sonoma County, California
      • JD92
      • WW91
      4.1 35 Ratings
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    • Trentadue La Storia Zinfandel 2019  Front Label
      Trentadue La Storia Zinfandel 2019
      Zinfandel from Alexander Valley, Sonoma County, California
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      • Martinelli Giuseppe and Luisa Zinfandel 2019  Front Label
        Martinelli Giuseppe and Luisa Zinfandel 2019
        Zinfandel from Russian River, Sonoma County, California
        • RP97
        • V95
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      • Robert Biale Vineyards Black Chicken Zinfandel 2019  Front Label
        Robert Biale Vineyards Black Chicken Zinfandel 2019
        Zinfandel from Napa Valley, California
        • WW92
        4.7 7 Ratings
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      • Mount Peak Rattlesnake Zinfandel 2016  Front Label
        Mount Peak Rattlesnake Zinfandel 2016
        Zinfandel from Sonoma County, California
        • RP94
        • JS91
        • WS91
        4.3 31 Ratings
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      • Sky Mt. Veeder Zinfandel 2014  Front Label
        Sky Mt. Veeder Zinfandel 2014
        Zinfandel from Mt. Veeder, Napa Valley, California
        • WW93
        4.5 6 Ratings
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      • Carol Shelton Wild Thing Zinfandel 2018  Front Label
        Carol Shelton Wild Thing Zinfandel 2018
        Zinfandel from Mendocino, California
        • WS91
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      • The Prisoner Wine Company Saldo Zinfandel (375ML half-bottle) 2019  Front Label
        The Prisoner Wine Company Saldo Zinfandel (375ML half-bottle) 2019
        Zinfandel from California
        • WW93
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      • Gregory Graham Crimson Hill Vineyard Zinfandel 2016  Front Label
        Gregory Graham Crimson Hill Vineyard Zinfandel 2016
        Zinfandel from Red Hills, Lake County, North Coast, California
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        • Paul Dolan Vineyards Organically Grown Zinfandel 2019  Front Label
          Paul Dolan Vineyards Organically Grown Zinfandel 2019
          Zinfandel from Mendocino, California
          • WW90
          • WE90
          3.9 177 Ratings
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        • Renwood Grandpere Zinfandel 2019  Front Label
          Renwood Grandpere Zinfandel 2019
          Zinfandel from Amador, Sierra Foothills, California
          • WE94
          • WW92
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        • Robert Biale Vineyards Black Chicken Zinfandel (1.5 Liter Magnum) 2018  Front Label
          Robert Biale Vineyards Black Chicken Zinfandel (1.5 Liter Magnum) 2018
          Zinfandel from Napa Valley, California
          • V95
          • WW91
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        • Mauritson Rockpile Cemetery Vineyard Zinfandel 2017  Front Label
          Mauritson Rockpile Cemetery Vineyard Zinfandel 2017
          Zinfandel from Rockpile, Sonoma County, California
          • RP93
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        • The Prisoner Wine Company Saldo Zinfandel 2019  Front Label
          The Prisoner Wine Company Saldo Zinfandel 2019
          Zinfandel from California
          • WW93
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        • Amapola Creek Monte Rosso Vineyard Zinfandel 2015 Front Label
          Amapola Creek Monte Rosso Vineyard Zinfandel 2015
          Zinfandel from Moon Mountain District, Sonoma Valley, Sonoma County, California
          • RP93
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        • Ridge Pagani Ranch Zinfandel 2019  Front Label
          Ridge Pagani Ranch Zinfandel 2019
          Zinfandel from Sonoma Valley, Sonoma County, California
          • JD94
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