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Zinfandel (also known as Primitivo) is a variety of black-skinned wine grape. The variety is grown in over 10 percent of California vineyards. DNA analysis has revealed that it is genetically equivalent to the Croatian grapes Crljenak Kaštelanski and Tribidrag, as well as to the Primitivo variety traditionally grown in PUglia (the "heel" of Italy), where it was introduced in the 18th century. The grape found its way to the United States in the mid-19th century, where it became known by variations of the name "Zinfandel", a name which is probably of Austrian origin. Zinfandel typically produces a robust red wine, as the grape's high sugar content can be fermented into levels of alcohol exceeding 15 percent

These days, Zinfandel production is largely confined to Central and Northern California, where subtle differences play out in the wines, depending on which micro-climate they come from, and the age of the vines. Zinfandel vines in California are often some of the oldest around. The most exceptional AVAs for the varietal also display their own unique character in the wines. Sonoma County has perhaps the two most recognizable Zinfandel-producing AVAs in the U.S. in the hot Dry Creek Valley and the more temperate Russian River Valley. Wines from the former tend to display intensely ripe blackberry and a zesty, peppery edge to the full-bodied texture, while the latter produces more elegantly-styled wines with a balanced, red fruit profile and lower alcohol than those from hotter regions. Paso Robles Zinfandel is known for deep, explosive fruit but with a rounder, softer texture than wines from further north.

Primitivo wines from Italy vary in style depending on where they're grown, but in almost all cases, they are far more rustic and old school than California Zinfandels, with more pronounced pepper notes as well as leathery and stewed fruit qualities from the hottest regions in the far south of the country.

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94 points Wine Spectator: A compelling wine, with expressive blackberry and briary underbrush aromas and refined yet evocative cherry, smoky mint and pepper aromas that linger toward plump tannins. Best from 2019 through 2027. (1/24/18) ...
WS 94
RP 92-94
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Carlisle Zinfandel Russian River Valley Papera Ranch 2015  (#331090)

Zinfandel from Russian River Valley, Sonoma County, California

94 points Wine Spectator: A compelling wine, with expressive blackberry and briary underbrush aromas and refined yet evocative cherry, smoky mint and pepper aromas that linger toward plump tannins. Best from 2019 through 2027. (1/24/18)

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WS 94
RP 92-94
AG 91-94
90-93 points Antonio Galloni (Vinous): The 2016 Zinfandel DuPratt Vineyard is bright and very nicely focused, with tons of aromatic lift and fine overall persistence. Lavender, mint, spice and dark cherry abound in this mid-weight, supremely elegant Zinfandel. The DuPratt is classy, understated and… ...
AG 90-93
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Carlisle Zinfandel Mendocino Ridge DuPratt Vineyard 2016  (#331949)

Zinfandel from Mendocino, North Coast, California

90-93 points Antonio Galloni (Vinous): The 2016 Zinfandel DuPratt Vineyard is bright and very nicely focused, with tons of aromatic lift and fine overall persistence. Lavender, mint, spice and dark cherry abound in this mid-weight, supremely elegant…

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86% Zinfandel, 14% Petite Sirah. The 2014 Napa Valley Zinfandel is garnet in color, and opens with aromas of raspberries, vanilla, and earthy dried herbs. Medium-bodied on the palate with an abundance of fresh fruit and black pepper flavors on the entry, this wine is round, silky, and finishes with… ...
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Frank Family Zinfandel Napa Valley 2015  (#332634)

Zinfandel from Napa Valley, California

86% Zinfandel, 14% Petite Sirah. The 2014 Napa Valley Zinfandel is garnet in color, and opens with aromas of raspberries, vanilla, and earthy dried herbs. Medium-bodied on the palate with an abundance of fresh fruit and black pepper flavors on the…

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93 points Antonio Galloni (Vinous): The 2015 Zinfandel El Diablo is best described as a field blend planted with numerous red and white varieties. Exotic and intense, with ripeness pushed to the edge, the Diablo possesses superb depth. Inky dark cherry, menthol, lavender and rose petal nuances add… ...
AG 93
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Day Zinfandel Russian River Valley El Diablo Vineyard 2015  (#330926)

Zinfandel from Russian River Valley, Sonoma County, California

93 points Antonio Galloni (Vinous): The 2015 Zinfandel El Diablo is best described as a field blend planted with numerous red and white varieties. Exotic and intense, with ripeness pushed to the edge, the Diablo possesses superb depth. Inky dark…

750ml Bottle | In stock, 8 available
95 points Connoisseurs' Guide: ...winemaker Joel Peterson has embarked on a new project making small-lot bottlings under the Once & Future label... This concentrated, wonderfully articulate wine exhibits the best that its site has to offer, and its combination of fruity depth and refined strength is… ...
CG 95
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Once & Future Zinfandel Teldeschi Vineyard Frank's Block 2016  (#332542)

Zinfandel from Russian River Valley, Sonoma County, California

95 points Connoisseurs' Guide: ...winemaker Joel Peterson has embarked on a new project making small-lot bottlings under the Once & Future label... This concentrated, wonderfully articulate wine exhibits the best that its site has to offer, and its…

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This wine explodes out of the glass with aromas of plum, pomegranate, red licorice and strawberries & cream. It has high tone motifs of spices and flowers with an elegant entry and a backbone of bold fruit framed with toasted vanilla oak. Alcohol 14.3%. Not yet reviewed; 2014 vintage rated 93+… ...
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Biale Zinfandel Rockpile 2015  (#330520)

Zinfandel from Rockpile, Sonoma County, California

This wine explodes out of the glass with aromas of plum, pomegranate, red licorice and strawberries & cream. It has high tone motifs of spices and flowers with an elegant entry and a backbone of bold fruit framed with toasted vanilla oak. Alcohol 14…

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76% Zinfandel, 13% Charbono, 6% Grenache, 5% Petite Sirah. Balanced and inviting, the wine opens with a concentrated nose of ripe strawberries, red plum, allspice, vanilla and a touch of black licorice and cigar box. A smooth and enveloping entry of dark red fruits and creme anglaise leasds to a… ...
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The Crane Assembly Disciples Napa Valley G.B. Crane Vineyard 2016  (#331645)

Zinfandel from Napa Valley, California

76% Zinfandel, 13% Charbono, 6% Grenache, 5% Petite Sirah. Balanced and inviting, the wine opens with a concentrated nose of ripe strawberries, red plum, allspice, vanilla and a touch of black licorice and cigar box. A smooth and enveloping entry of…

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The Estate Zinfandel imparts structure, ripe black fruit and complex earthy nuances. Zinfandel grown in Calistoga makes up the remainder of the blend and supplies spice and briary red fruit aromas. The finished wine shows intense black cherry and raspberry fruit in the nose, while hints of black… ...
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Keenan Zinfandel Napa Valley 2013  (#329819)

Zinfandel from Napa Valley, California

The Estate Zinfandel imparts structure, ripe black fruit and complex earthy nuances. Zinfandel grown in Calistoga makes up the remainder of the blend and supplies spice and briary red fruit aromas. The finished wine shows intense black cherry and…

750ml Bottle | In stock, 2 available
90 points Antonio Galloni (Vinous): The 2016 Zinfandel Forcini Vineyard is a generous, fruity wine that will drink well with minimal cellaring. Bright, salivating acids give the fruit energy. There is terrific immediacy here. The Forcini is perhaps a touch simple next to the other wines in the range… ...
AG 90
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Once & Future Zinfandel Russian River Valley Forcini Vineyard 2016  (#332541)

Zinfandel from Russian River Valley, Sonoma County, California

90 points Antonio Galloni (Vinous): The 2016 Zinfandel Forcini Vineyard is a generous, fruity wine that will drink well with minimal cellaring. Bright, salivating acids give the fruit energy. There is terrific immediacy here. The Forcini is perhaps a…

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This wine is as bold as it is graceful. It is a liquid symphony with a berry section that rises and flows with notes of vanilla, black cherries and a white pepper spice. The climate in 2015 brought us a long growing season that provided the ideal conditions to create this splendid Zin. Gold -… ...
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Homefire Zinfandel Dry Creek Valley Firework Vineyard 2016  (#333078)

Zinfandel from Dry Creek Valley, Sonoma County, California

This wine is as bold as it is graceful. It is a liquid symphony with a berry section that rises and flows with notes of vanilla, black cherries and a white pepper spice. The climate in 2015 brought us a long growing season that provided the ideal…

750ml Bottle | In stock, 12+ available
92 points Wine Spectator: Features briary notes in spades, plus vibrant black raspberry, cracked pepper and anise flavors. Best from 2019 through 2027. 370 cases made. (4/30/18) ...
WS 92
RP 90-92
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Carlisle Zinfandel Sonoma Valley Rossi Ranch 2015  (#331091)

Zinfandel from Sonoma Valley, Sonoma County, California

92 points Wine Spectator: Features briary notes in spades, plus vibrant black raspberry, cracked pepper and anise flavors. Best from 2019 through 2027. 370 cases made. (4/30/18)

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89% Zinfandel, 7% Petite Sirah, 5% Malbec, 4% Teroldego, 2% other select varieties. Structured and full-bodied with a subtle hint of spice. On the palate, dense, dark fruit characteristics are reminiscent of blueberry pie. Notes of toasted oak and vanilla meld with a plush, lingering mouthfeel.… ...
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Bear Flag Zinfandel Sonoma County 2016  (#333408)

Zinfandel from Sonoma County, California

89% Zinfandel, 7% Petite Sirah, 5% Malbec, 4% Teroldego, 2% other select varieties. Structured and full-bodied with a subtle hint of spice. On the palate, dense, dark fruit characteristics are reminiscent of blueberry pie. Notes of toasted oak and…

750ml Bottle | In stock, 2 available
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