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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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95 points William Kelley (Wine Advocate): The 2016 Geyserville Proprietary Red Wine is a real success this year, bursting from the glass with an exuberant bouquet of sweet cherries, blackberries and plums, with subtle hints of the licorice and spice to come with age, and a subtle framing of sweet… ...
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Ridge Geyserville Sonoma County 2016  (#332685)

Zinfandel from Sonoma County, California

[ 95 points William Kelley (Wine Advocate): The 2016 Geyserville Proprietary Red Wine is a real success this year, bursting from the glass with an exuberant bouquet of sweet cherries, blackberries and plums, with subtle hints of the licorice and spice to come with age, and a subtle framing of sweet new oak. On the palate, it's medium to full-bodied, supple and layered, with a lovely core of ripe, succulent fruit and beautifully fine-grained structuring tannins. The finish is long and pure. There are 23 different grape varieties co-planted in the Geyserville vineyard, but in 2016, Zinfandel dominates at 73%, followed by 17% Carignane, 7% Petite Sirah and 3% Alicante Bouschet. Drink: 2020-2033. (May 2018) ] 95 points William Kelley (Wine Advocate): The 2016 Geyserville Proprietary Red Wine is a real success this year, bursting from the glass with an exuberant bouquet of sweet cherries, blackberries and plums, with subtle hints of the licorice and spice…

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93 points Wine Spectator: Opens with rich, supple fruit that quickly takes on power and depth, offering raspberry, lavender and rosemary notes, with white pepper accents. Drink now through 2025. 1,600 cases made. (3/28/18) ...
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Hartford Zinfandel Russian River Valley Old Vine 2016  (#331322)

Zinfandel from Russian River Valley, Sonoma County, California

[ 93 points Wine Spectator: Opens with rich, supple fruit that quickly takes on power and depth, offering raspberry, lavender and rosemary notes, with white pepper accents. Drink now through 2025. 1,600 cases made. (3/28/18) ] 93 points Wine Spectator: Opens with rich, supple fruit that quickly takes on power and depth, offering raspberry, lavender and rosemary notes, with white pepper accents. Drink now through 2025. 1,600 cases made. (3/28/18)

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92 points Jeb Dunnuck: Another vibrant, deep ruby colored wine is the 2016 Primitivo Porcospino Northridge Vineyard, which comes from the Northridge Vineyard on the Wahluke Slope. Black cherries, incense, brambly spice, and violet characteristics all emerge from this medium-bodied, creamy textured,… ...
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Casa Smith Primitivo Porcospino Wahluke Slope Northridge Vyd. 2016  (#332568)

Zinfandel from Wahluke Slope, Washington

[ 92 points Jeb Dunnuck: Another vibrant, deep ruby colored wine is the 2016 Primitivo Porcospino Northridge Vineyard, which comes from the Northridge Vineyard on the Wahluke Slope. Black cherries, incense, brambly spice, and violet characteristics all emerge from this medium-bodied, creamy textured, seamless, gorgeously pure beauty that offers incredible pleasure and character. Drink: 2018-2022. (4/5/18) ] 92 points Jeb Dunnuck: Another vibrant, deep ruby colored wine is the 2016 Primitivo Porcospino Northridge Vineyard, which comes from the Northridge Vineyard on the Wahluke Slope. Black cherries, incense, brambly spice, and violet characteristics all…

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90 points Wine Spectator: Appealingly old-school, with zesty and briary raspberry, grilled anise and white pepper flavors that finish on a lively note. Drink now through 2022. (2018) ...
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Dry Creek Zinfandel Sonoma County Heritage Vines 2016  (#331917)

Zinfandel from Sonoma County, California

[ 90 points Wine Spectator: Appealingly old-school, with zesty and briary raspberry, grilled anise and white pepper flavors that finish on a lively note. Drink now through 2022. (2018) ] 90 points Wine Spectator: Appealingly old-school, with zesty and briary raspberry, grilled anise and white pepper flavors that finish on a lively note. Drink now through 2022. (2018)

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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 entry, this wine is round, silky, and finishes with flavors of ripe blackberries. Alcohol 14.6%. ] 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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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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94 points Antonio Galloni (Vinous): One of the most distinctive wines in this range, the 2014 Zinfandel DuPratt Vineyard, from a site in Mendocino Ridge, is wonderfully aromatic, nuanced and lifted. Bright red and bluish-hued fruits, violet, lavender and sage are some of the signatures in this… ...
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Carlisle Zinfandel Mendocino Ridge DuPratt Vineyard 2014  (#329632)

Zinfandel from Mendocino, North Coast, California

[ 94 points Antonio Galloni (Vinous): One of the most distinctive wines in this range, the 2014 Zinfandel DuPratt Vineyard, from a site in Mendocino Ridge, is wonderfully aromatic, nuanced and lifted. Bright red and bluish-hued fruits, violet, lavender and sage are some of the signatures in this beautifully delineated, vibrant, mid-weight Zinfandel. The gorgeous, restrained Zinfandel is showing very well today. Drink: 2018-2029. (Mar 2017) ] 94 points Antonio Galloni (Vinous): One of the most distinctive wines in this range, the 2014 Zinfandel DuPratt Vineyard, from a site in Mendocino Ridge, is wonderfully aromatic, nuanced and lifted. Bright red and bluish-hued fruits, violet, lavender…

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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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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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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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94 points Jeb Dunnuck: The 2015 Zinfandel Pagani Ranch is 83% Zinfandel 10% Alicante Bouschet, and the balance Petite Sirah, all from the Sonoma Valley. This ripe, sexy, flamboyant beauty gives up a huge nose of sweet plums, melted licorice, violets, and dried herbs. It medium to full-bodied, has… ...
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Ridge Zinfandel Sonoma Valley Pagani Ranch 2015  (#330635)

Zinfandel from Sonoma Valley, Sonoma County, California

[ 94 points Jeb Dunnuck: The 2015 Zinfandel Pagani Ranch is 83% Zinfandel 10% Alicante Bouschet, and the balance Petite Sirah, all from the Sonoma Valley. This ripe, sexy, flamboyant beauty gives up a huge nose of sweet plums, melted licorice, violets, and dried herbs. It medium to full-bodied, has juicy acidity, and is a bigger, richer styled wine compared to the slightly more elegant 2014. This beautiful, pure, powerful Zinfandel is ideal for drinking over the coming decade. (6/5/18) ] 94 points Jeb Dunnuck: The 2015 Zinfandel Pagani Ranch is 83% Zinfandel 10% Alicante Bouschet, and the balance Petite Sirah, all from the Sonoma Valley. This ripe, sexy, flamboyant beauty gives up a huge nose of sweet plums, melted licorice, violets,…

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94 points The Tasting Panel: This stellar red shows off an array of exciting flavors... this wine exhibits a rich, grainy tannin sensation that turns creamy on the mid-palate. Aromas and flavors of lavender and cocoa nibs charm as cherry and plum generously wash across the mouth before a finish of… ...
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Ancient Peaks Zinfandel Paso Robles Santa Margarita Ranch 2016  (#332421)

Zinfandel from Paso Robles, Central Coast, California

[ 94 points The Tasting Panel: This stellar red shows off an array of exciting flavors... this wine exhibits a rich, grainy tannin sensation that turns creamy on the mid-palate. Aromas and flavors of lavender and cocoa nibs charm as cherry and plum generously wash across the mouth before a finish of cola and toasted oak woven into a bouquet of blue flowers. Aged 16 months in French and American oak, this wine has a low ABV of 13.5% which further explains the elegance and balance. (Aug 2018) ] 94 points The Tasting Panel: This stellar red shows off an array of exciting flavors... this wine exhibits a rich, grainy tannin sensation that turns creamy on the mid-palate. Aromas and flavors of lavender and cocoa nibs charm as cherry and plum…

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