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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 Antonio Galloni (Vinous): A gorgeous wine, the 2015 Zinfandel Carlisle Vineyard is bright and punchy, with plenty of red cherry, raspberry and floral notes pushed forward. Silky and racy in the glass, this mid-weight Zinfandel is impeccable. The Carlisle is super-finessed in 2015. As usual… ...
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Carlisle Zinfandel Russian River Valley Carlisle Vineyard 2015  (#331089)

Zinfandel from Russian River Valley, Sonoma County, California

[ 94 points Antonio Galloni (Vinous): A gorgeous wine, the 2015 Zinfandel Carlisle Vineyard is bright and punchy, with plenty of red cherry, raspberry and floral notes pushed forward. Silky and racy in the glass, this mid-weight Zinfandel is impeccable. The Carlisle is super-finessed in 2015. As usual, the Carlisle is predominantly Zinfandel, with about 12% mixed white and black grapes (a total of 40 varieties), all co-fermented. Drink: 2020-2030. (Apr 2018) ] 94 points Antonio Galloni (Vinous): A gorgeous wine, the 2015 Zinfandel Carlisle Vineyard is bright and punchy, with plenty of red cherry, raspberry and floral notes pushed forward. Silky and racy in the glass, this mid-weight Zinfandel is impeccable…

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AG 94
CGV 93
RP 90-93
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 14.3%. Not yet reviewed; 2014 vintage rated 93+ points by Robert Parker. ] 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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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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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) ] 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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AG 91-94
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… ...
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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 cherry, menthol, lavender and rose petal nuances add to the wine's distinctive personality. Drink: 2019-2030. (Aug 2017) ] 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…

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Rich and dense aromas of both black and blue fruits. Dark chocolate, toffee, black tea and fresh herbs are also present. This wine has a graceful texture and is nicely balanced with deep mid-palate fruit and fresh acidity. This is a very age-worthy wine which will continue to improve for the next 5… ...
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Biale Zinfandel Coombsville Napa Valley R.W. Moore Vineyard 2016  (#331631)

Zinfandel from Coombsville, Napa Valley, California

[ Rich and dense aromas of both black and blue fruits. Dark chocolate, toffee, black tea and fresh herbs are also present. This wine has a graceful texture and is nicely balanced with deep mid-palate fruit and fresh acidity. This is a very age-worthy wine which will continue to improve for the next 5-7 years. Alcohol 15%. Not yet reviewed; 2015 vintage rated 91 points by Lisa Perrotti-Brown (Wine Advocate). ] Rich and dense aromas of both black and blue fruits. Dark chocolate, toffee, black tea and fresh herbs are also present. This wine has a graceful texture and is nicely balanced with deep mid-palate fruit and fresh acidity. This is a very age-worthy…

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95 points William Kelley (Wine Advocate): A blend of 89% Zinfandel mixed with about eight different other varieties, from vines planted in 1926, the medium to deep garnet-purple colored 2016 Zinfandel Montafi Ranch offers up a pronounced crème de cassis and blueberry pie nose with touches of camphor… ...
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Carlisle Zinfandel Russian River Valley Montafi Ranch 2016  (#331951)

Zinfandel from Russian River Valley, Sonoma County, California

[ 95 points William Kelley (Wine Advocate): A blend of 89% Zinfandel mixed with about eight different other varieties, from vines planted in 1926, the medium to deep garnet-purple colored 2016 Zinfandel Montafi Ranch offers up a pronounced crème de cassis and blueberry pie nose with touches of camphor, cardamom and dusty soil. The palate is big, rich, full and fruity with loads of earthy notions and a plush texture, finishing with great freshness. 711 cases produced. Drink: 2018-2030. (Jun 2018) ] 95 points William Kelley (Wine Advocate): A blend of 89% Zinfandel mixed with about eight different other varieties, from vines planted in 1926, the medium to deep garnet-purple colored 2016 Zinfandel Montafi Ranch offers up a pronounced crème de…

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WA 95
JD 95
AG 91-94
91 points Wine Spectator: Fun to drink, with expressive raspberry and violet aromas and zesty, vibrant cherry, toasted cinnamon and spice flavors that finish on a lively note. Drink now through 2021. Smart Buys. (4/30/18) About 88% Zinfandel blended with Petite Sirah, Carignan, Alicante Bouschet and… ...
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Bedrock Zinfandel California Old Vine 2016  (#331390)

Zinfandel from California

[ 91 points Wine Spectator: Fun to drink, with expressive raspberry and violet aromas and zesty, vibrant cherry, toasted cinnamon and spice flavors that finish on a lively note. Drink now through 2021. Smart Buys. (4/30/18) About 88% Zinfandel blended with Petite Sirah, Carignan, Alicante Bouschet and many different interplanted varieties. ] 91 points Wine Spectator: Fun to drink, with expressive raspberry and violet aromas and zesty, vibrant cherry, toasted cinnamon and spice flavors that finish on a lively note. Drink now through 2021. Smart Buys. (4/30/18) About 88% Zinfandel blended…

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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 conditions to create this splendid Zin. Gold - Chronicle Wine Competition. ] 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…

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A big flavorful Zinfandel from Lodi s half to century year-old vines. A dense and dark red wine. Mature round tannins accenting generous cherry, raspberry, chocolate, caramel, and baking spice with a smooth, long finish. This Zinfandel is truly a delectable expression of Lodi s signature terroir. … ...
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Moss Roxx Zinfandel Lodi Ancient Vines 2014  (#701803)

Zinfandel from Lodi, Central Valley, California

[ A big flavorful Zinfandel from Lodi s half to century year-old vines. A dense and dark red wine. Mature round tannins accenting generous cherry, raspberry, chocolate, caramel, and baking spice with a smooth, long finish. This Zinfandel is truly a delectable expression of Lodi s signature terroir. Moss Roxx is a big, robust wine and therefore is best paired with bold flavors such as beef, lamb, venison, and barbequed pork ribs. ] A big flavorful Zinfandel from Lodi s half to century year-old vines. A dense and dark red wine. Mature round tannins accenting generous cherry, raspberry, chocolate, caramel, and baking spice with a smooth, long finish. This Zinfandel is truly a…

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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… ...
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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 combination of fruity depth and refined strength is striking. It is full and extracted and remarkably polished all at once with a profusion of blackberries and spice, and it is an eminently collectable effort of which every Zinfandel zealot should take note. (Jun 2018) ] 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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Not yet reviewed; 2014 vintage rated 92 points and 'Very highly recommended' by California Grapevine: Medium to medium-dark ruby; attractive, deep, spicy, fragrant, dark cherry and blackberry fruit aroma with herbal and brambly notes; full body; rich, ripe, red and black fruit flavors with good… ...
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Brown Estate Zinfandel Napa Valley 2015  (#331738)

Zinfandel from Napa Valley, California

[ Not yet reviewed; 2014 vintage rated 92 points and 'Very highly recommended' by California Grapevine: Medium to medium-dark ruby; attractive, deep, spicy, fragrant, dark cherry and blackberry fruit aroma with herbal and brambly notes; full body; rich, ripe, red and black fruit flavors with good depth, well integrated oak, and some creaminess in the silky mouthfeel; full tannin; lingering aftertaste. Very appealing to drink now and over the near term. 14.9% alcohol; 1,385 cases. ] Not yet reviewed; 2014 vintage rated 92 points and 'Very highly recommended' by California Grapevine: Medium to medium-dark ruby; attractive, deep, spicy, fragrant, dark cherry and blackberry fruit aroma with herbal and brambly notes; full body; rich…

750ml Bottle | In stock, 9 available
Zinfandel, Petite Sirah and Syrah. Heady aromas of brambly raspberry, black fig and peppercorn dominate; time in glass exposes more--dark chocolate, fennel and High Sierra forest floor. The palate is lush and opulent with blackberries, dark plums and currants. More flavors add to the quality of the… ...
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Orin Swift 8 Years in the Desert California 2017  (#333190)

Zinfandel from California

[ Zinfandel, Petite Sirah and Syrah. Heady aromas of brambly raspberry, black fig and peppercorn dominate; time in glass exposes more--dark chocolate, fennel and High Sierra forest floor. The palate is lush and opulent with blackberries, dark plums and currants. More flavors add to the quality of the blend--a visceral minerality and fresh Herbs de Provence. Fully integrated with puckering tannins, the wine bows out with finesse. Barrel aged 8 months in French oak (30% new). Alcohol 15.5%. ] Zinfandel, Petite Sirah and Syrah. Heady aromas of brambly raspberry, black fig and peppercorn dominate; time in glass exposes more--dark chocolate, fennel and High Sierra forest floor. The palate is lush and opulent with blackberries, dark plums and…

750ml Bottle | In stock, 12+ available
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