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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): The 2015 Zinfandel Bedrock Vineyard is powerful, rich and intense, as the wines often are here, and yet it also possesses striking aromatics and plenty of underlying structure. The Zinfandel is especially expressive today. Stylistically, the Joel Peterson's… ...

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Once & Future Zinfandel Sonoma County Bedrock Vineyard 2015  (#330496)

Zinfandel from Sonoma County, California

750ml Bottle | In stock, 5 available

93 points Wine Spectator: Plump and loaded with rich, jammy fruit, this Zinfandel is a pleasure to drink. Bold accents of wild berry, spicy cinnamon and licorice glide dynamically toward plush tannins. Drink now through 2025. (6/15/18) 83% Zinfandel, 12% Petite Sirah, 1% Syrah, 1% Carignane, 1%… ...

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Seghesio Zinfandel Sonoma County 2016  (#331868)

Zinfandel from Sonoma County, California

750ml Bottle | In stock, 9 available
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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

750ml Bottle | In stock, 12+ available
WS 94
RP 92-94
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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

750ml Bottle | In stock, 6 available

Intensely aromatic, the varietal character says Zinfandel like few others. Violets, berries, pepper, licorice, clove and nutmeg aromas complement the rich characters created by aging in large Hungarian oak barrels. Intense dark cherry, blackberry, pepper and black tea are in balance with the firm… ...

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Neal Family Zinfandel Napa Valley Rutherford Dust Vineyards 2014  (#331765)

Zinfandel from Rutherford, Napa Valley, California

750ml Bottle | In stock, 4 available

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

750ml Bottle | In stock, 12+ available
WA 95
JD 95
AG 91-94

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

750ml Bottle | In stock, 12+ available
WA 95
JD 95
AG 91-94

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

750ml Bottle | In stock, 12+ available
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90 points and 'Very highly recommended,' California Grapevine: Medium-dark ruby; forward, intense, very ripe, spicy, plummy, black cherry and blackberry fruit aroma with notes of licorice and sweet oak; full body; rich, ripe, jammy, black fruit flavors with a hint of dark chocolate and some… ...

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Rombauer Zinfandel California 2016  (#331817)

Zinfandel from California

750ml Bottle | In stock, 12+ available

92 points Wine Enthusiast: This unabashedly powerful and jammy wine shows black-cherry candy, sweet roses, vanilla, black rocks and black pepper on the nose. The soft tannins carry forth waves of vanilla, coconut, caramel and blueberry jelly, perfect to please those seeking a whopper of a wine.… ...

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Opolo Mountain Zinfandel Paso Robles 2015  (#330771)

Zinfandel from Paso Robles, Central Coast, California

750ml Bottle | In stock, 12+ available
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91 points and 'Very highly recommended,' California Grapevine: Medium to medium-dark ruby color; attractive, forward, ripe, raspberry, dark plum, and boysenberry fruit aroma with hints of cinnamon, dried herbs, and black pepper; full body; ripe, fleshy, peppery, dark berry fruit flavors with good… ...

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Biale Zinfandel Napa Valley Black Chicken 2016  (#331630)

Zinfandel from Napa Valley, California

750ml Bottle | In stock, 9 available

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

750ml Bottle | In stock, 5 available
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