Zinfandel: Articles on the Zinfandel Red Wine Grape Varietal

Getting Zapped: Zinfandel Comes of Age

Zinfandel is considered “America’s grape” because it was widely planted when the California wine industry began to grow in the mid to late 1850s, but it is not, however, a truly American grape; it’s an immigrant – it originally came from Europe.

Top Ten California Zinfandels - 2016

I tend to taste and drink a lot of wine over the course of a year.  I am in a few tasting groups, sometimes the wines are consumed at various local wine store tastings and a number drunk with friends and family.  

2015 Bedrock Wine Co. Zinfandel Old Vine, USA, California - Wine Review

Grade: 
A-
Score: 
90

An excellent value in wine.  For a bit over $20, this outstanding Zinfandel is top quality.  Purple in color.  The nose has raspberries, dark cherries, bramble, spice and slight char

2013 Carlisle Zinfandel Hayne Vineyard, USA, California, Napa - Wine review

Grade: 
A
Score: 
95

This is about as good as Zinfandel gets for me.  It should probably be getting a higher score actually.  Purple in color.  The nose has black cherries, spice, black pepper and slight

2011 Carlisle Zinfandel Hayne Vineyard, USA, California, Napa - Wine Review

Grade: 
A
Score: 
94

I love how well Mike Officer made Zins in the difficult 2011 vintage.  Purple in color.  The nose is great with raspberries, black raspberries, brambles and slight spice.  On the pal

2014 Carlisle Zinfandel Old Vines, USA, California, Sonoma, Russian River Valley - Wine Reivew

Grade: 
A-
Score: 
92

This is such a tremendous value.  Around $30.  Purple in color.  The nose is great with raspberries, dark cherries, spice, bramble and char.  On the palate, what a great texture

2015 Venge Vineyards Scout's Honor, USA, California, Napa - Wine Review

Grade: 
B+
Score: 
87

I believe this is a Zinfandel blend.  Purple in color.  The nose has raspberries and some bramble.  Perhaps some black pepper.  On the palate, there is a nice juciness here.&nbs

2012 Dancing Coyote Zinfandel, USA, California, Lodi - Wine Review

Grade: 
B
Score: 
87

Another solid inexpensive wine from Dancing Coyote.  Certainly a value pick.  Purple in color.  The nose has raspberries and bramble.  On the palate, it is slightly sweet with j

Napa Valley Wineries with the Best Zinfandel

Napa Valley Zinfandels are celebrated for their easy drinking allure and bold juicy flavors making this varietal a total crowd pleaser. Zinfandels made in the Napa Valley are iconic, although some may say a little forgotten, however, it’s a flavor profile known for intense black fruits and spice which render Napa Valley Zinfandels as the most epically jammy varietal produced. The Napa Valley’s warm California climate is fundamental to winemaking and Napa Valley Zinfandels are a great example of how winemakers utilize that heat, skillfully harnessing the temperatures to produce some of the most intense wine the Napa Valley has to offer. Zinfandels crafted in the Napa Valley region, especially old vine Zinfandels, have exploding flavors that ripen outrageously giving life to wines that create an exceptional food and wine experience. When you find a way to always have excellent Napa Valley Zinfandel around it’s sure to illuminate any meal because Napa Valley Zinfandel is, more than anything else, a food pairing wine. These Napa Valley wineries with the best Zinfandel are recommendations specifically known for their outstanding, award-winning Zinfandel.

Sonoma's Must Try Zinfandels - 2015 Best of Sonoma

 

For the 2015 Best of Sonoma Lists we surveyed hundreds of local vintners asking for their inside perspective of the best wines, tasting rooms, and restaurants in Sonoma.

To help find the top Zinfandels that no wine aficionado should leave Sonoma without tasting, we asked over a hundred Sonoma vintners for their top picks (under $100).

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