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Zinfandel

Zinfandel, also known as Primitivo, is a black-skinned grape variety that is widely grown in California and is one of the most popular grape variety in the United States. It is known for its distinctive sweet and spicy flavors. It can produce red and rose wines.

Colour, Aromas and Taste Profile

Zinfandel is a black-skinned grape that produces wines that range in color from a deep garnet to a bright purple hue. It has intense aromas such as blackberry, raspberry, licorice, pepper, and spice. On the palate, Zinfandel wines are typically medium- to full-bodied, with a jammy texture and sweet berry flavors. They often have high levels of alcohol and a moderate tannin structure.

Fresh Zinfandel grapes on the vine

Regional Features & Food Pairings

Zinfandel was confirmed to be identical to Italy's Primitivo grape by a project run in University of California at Davis, in 2002. Zinfandel is primarily grown in California, with the grape having a long history in the state. It is also found in Washington, Oregon. As of Primitivo from Italy, it is commonly found in Puglia, Friuli, and Sicily. The Zinfandel grape is highly adaptable and can thrive in a variety of climates. it is vigorous and has the potential to be high yielding. It is susceptible to diseas, because relatively large berries in tight bunches. The grape is prone to uneven ripening, hence the wine can come high in sugar and alcohol levels. Winemakers can use a variety of techniques to produce Zinfandel wines, such as barrel aging, blending with other varieties, or carbonic maceration. Zinfandel wines can vary significantly depending on the region in which they are grown. California Zinfandels are known for their intense fruit flavors, full-bodied and high levels of alcohol. Zinfandel wines are versatile and can be paired with a wide variety of dishes. They are an excellent choice for grilled meats or spicy dishes, as their sweetness helps to balance out the heat. Zinfandel also pairs well with robust cheeses and dark chocolate.

Foods to pair with Zinfandel:

Pasta
Pizza
Deep fried
Beef
Game
Sausage
Smoky
Fun Fact about Zinfandel
Zinfandel is sometimes referred to as "the barbecue wine" because of its bold and spicy flavor profile, which pairs well with grilled meats and spicy dishes. In fact, it is a popular choice for backyard barbecues and summer cookouts in California, where it is widely grown and produced.

Top Wines with Zinfandel

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The Prisoner Saldo Zinfandel

The Prisoner

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The Prisoner Saldo Zinfandel is a captivating wine that showcases the expertise of its producer. Crafted in a renowned appellation, this wine is made from grapes sourced from exceptional vineyards. The vineyard features contribute to the wine's distinct character, with unique terroir and ideal growing conditions. The winemaking process is carefully executed, resulting in a wine that is rich, bold, and full-bodied. The Saldo Zinfandel embodies a style that is both elegant and powerful, with intense flavors and a long, lingering finish. It is a wine that truly stands out, offering a memorable experience for wine enthusiasts.
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1000 Stories Zinfandel

1000 Stories

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1000 Stories Zinfandel is a captivating wine that showcases the artistry of winemaking. Crafted in a small batch, this wine hails from selected vineyards in California, known for its exceptional vineyard features. The grapes used in this Zinfandel are carefully selected, resulting in a wine that exudes complexity and depth. The winemaking process involves aging the wine in bourbon barrels, imparting unique flavors and aromas that set it apart from other Zinfandels. The result is a bold and rich wine with notes of dark berries, spice, and a hint of vanilla. This wine is perfect for those seeking a distinctive and memorable tasting experience.
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Marietta Old Vine Red (OVR)

Marietta

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Marietta Old Vine Red (OVR) is a highly sought-after wine that showcases the expertise of its producer. Crafted in a renowned appellation, this wine is made from grapes sourced from exceptional vineyards. The vineyard features contribute to the wine's exceptional quality, with old vines that bring depth and complexity to the final product. The winemaking process is carefully executed, resulting in a wine that beautifully balances fruitiness and structure. OVR is known for its rich and velvety style, offering a harmonious blend of flavors that captivate the palate. This wine is a true testament to the artistry and passion behind its creation.
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Conundrum Red Blend

Conundrum

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This Conundrum Red Blend is a delightful blend of Zinfandel, Cabernet Sauvignon, and Petite Sirah. On the nose, you'll experience aromas of dark fruit and blackberry, with hints of leather and spice. On the palate, this smooth blend offers flavors of blackberry jam, clove, nutmeg, and toasty oak with a long, lingering finish. Enjoy this full-bodied red blend with a variety of dishes, from a juicy steak to a rich vegetable lasagna.
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Seghesio Sonoma Zinfandel

Seghesio

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This Seghesio Sonoma Zinfandel is an intense and full-bodied red wine that is sure to please. On the nose, aromas of ripe dark fruits, such as blackberries and baked plums, are met with hints of baking spices and white pepper. On the palate, the wine is juicy and round, with notes of blackberry jam, other dark fruits, and a hint of toasty oak. The finish is smooth and lingering, with a good structure and well-integrated tannins. Enjoy this bold and flavorful Zinfandel with steak, pork chops, or a hearty stew.
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