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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 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…

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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)

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93 points Wine Spectator: FOld-school meets new in this Zinfandel, with just enough polish and plumpness to match the briary rusticity. Offers expressive black cherry, smoky anise and white pepper flavors. Drink now through 2024. Smart Buys. (4/30/19) ...
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Bedrock Zinfandel California Old Vine 2017  (#334560)

Zinfandel from California

93 points Wine Spectator: FOld-school meets new in this Zinfandel, with just enough polish and plumpness to match the briary rusticity. Offers expressive black cherry, smoky anise and white pepper flavors. Drink now through 2024. Smart Buys. (4/30/19…

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The Oak Knoll winegrowing region is prevalent in this wine with its ripe aromatics and juicy acidity. The nose is full of vibrant Bing cherries, raspberries, cinnamon, white cake, fresh purple flowers, subtle dried herb and toasty brown spices. The entry is bright and gives way to supple, round… ...
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Biale Zinfandel Napa Valley Black Chicken 2017  (#334368)

Zinfandel from Napa Valley, California

The Oak Knoll winegrowing region is prevalent in this wine with its ripe aromatics and juicy acidity. The nose is full of vibrant Bing cherries, raspberries, cinnamon, white cake, fresh purple flowers, subtle dried herb and toasty brown spices. The…

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92 points Wine & Spirits: Old Hill Vineyard--one of the oldest in Sonoma County, planted in 1885... This is a vintage worth laying down; the old zin vines and other sundry varieties, including grenache, grew a muscular red that carries a suggestion of ferny undergrowth in its cool, minty aroma. The… ...
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Ravenswood Zinfandel Sonoma Valley Old Hill Vineyard 2013  (#330688)

Zinfandel from Sonoma Valley, Sonoma County, California

92 points Wine & Spirits: Old Hill Vineyard--one of the oldest in Sonoma County, planted in 1885... This is a vintage worth laying down; the old zin vines and other sundry varieties, including grenache, grew a muscular red that carries a suggestion…

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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)

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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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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… ...
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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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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…

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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…

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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…

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Not yet reviewed; 2016 vintage rated 93 points by Antonio Galloni (Vinous): ...from a site in Amador County planted in 1968. The Esola offers notable power and intensity in its red cherry and blood orange profile. A hint of reduction from aging in large format oak needs time to blow off. I would… ...
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Bedrock Zinfandel Amador Esola Vineyard 2017  (#333113)

Zinfandel from Amador County, Sierra Foothills, California

Not yet reviewed; 2016 vintage rated 93 points by Antonio Galloni (Vinous): ...from a site in Amador County planted in 1968. The Esola offers notable power and intensity in its red cherry and blood orange profile. A hint of reduction from aging in…

750ml Bottle | In stock, 10 available
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