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Zinfandel is grown by over 200 producers, and now accounts for over 23% of the total vineyard territory. Its quality and character largely depend on the place of cultivation, the age of the vineyard, and the winemaking technology. Zinfandel became so popular that in 1991 the association of Zinfandel Advocates and Producers (ZAP) was founded with the objective to promote the varietal and wine, and support scientific research on Zinfandel - particularly its origin.
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Food Pairing: Pairs well with barbecue foods like chili, burgers and fried chicken -heavy on the spice and flavor. Zinfandel can hold its own out of a plastic glass on a picnic table or served in crystal with an elegant Chateaubriand.
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Andrew Lane Wines
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2002 Zinfandel
Chiles Valley

Andrew Lane zinfandel comes from the Chiles Valley appellation of Napa Valley located at 900 ft. elevation. As the crow flies the vineyard lies on the volcanic backside of Stag's L ...moreeap. The vineyard enjoys warmer temperatures than Napa and is influenced by afternoon breezes that ebb and flow from the great, water body mass of Lake Berryessa to the east. These breezes extend the growing season and coupled with the young volcanic soil produce a zinfandel that is absolutely phenomenal. Truly one of the finest zinfandels we have ever tasted! High alcohol with big, blueberry and chocolate flavors to back it up we suggest drinking this to finish an evening or close to where you will sleep. WOW!!

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Zayante Vineyards
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2003 Santa Cruz Mountain Estate Zinfandel
Santa Cruz Mountains

The wine has an earthy aroma of plum and strawberry jam. A pronounced spicy-berry character on the palate typifies our estate grown Zins. A fine balance of fruit, acid, tannin leav ...moree a long lingering finish. 13.8% alcohol by volume.

Carol Shelton Wines
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2005 Monga Zin®
Cucamonga Valley

The 2005 Monga Zin® is round and juicy, still showing a bit chewy tannins but that is softening quickly. It has a depth of flavor and complexity that belies its Southern CA birthp ...morelace. It has at least 5-7 years ahead before that intriguing spice and powerful red fruit fades out.

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Soquel Vineyards
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2005 Old Vine Zinfandel

Ancient 105-year-old vines – Lodi
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Ponte Family Estate Winery
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2005 Zinfandel

The Ponte Zinfandel is a fruit-forward red wine highlighted by ripe blackberry flavors with hints of plum, chocolate and cedar. A smooth, balanced red, it is perfect for enjoying w ...moreith such foods as ribs and burgers, meats and mushrooms and chocolate desserts.
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Shannon Ridge
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2006 Zinfandel
Lake County

The grapes used to produce our 2006 Shannon Ridge Lake County Zinfandel were harvested from our Family’s vineyards in the High Valley appellation in Lake County, California. Grapes ...more were not crushed, only de-stemmed. Deep color and flavors were achieved through a soft punch down extraction during the 6 day cool fermentation and 100% malolactic fermentation.

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Stacked Stone Cellars
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2004 Zin Stone

Zin Stone is a full bodied blend of dry farmed head prunned old vine Zinfandel grapes selected primarily for the Thiessen Estate Vineyard.
Arista Winery
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2004 Zinfandel
Russian River Valley

Classic, cool climate Zinandel from the Russian River Valley. Jammy notes of blackberry and blueberry wrapped around subtle hints of vanilla that jump out of the glass, almost rem ...moreiniscent of blackberry cobbler or cherry pie. On the palate dark, ripe briary / brambly fruit is framed by the solid acidity that comes from the cool Russian River Valley evenings. This wine goes great with a summer Barbeque and close friends.
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Cabot Vineyards
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2004 Zinfandel- Tributary
Humbodlt County

The 2004 Tributary Zinfandel comes from our original, dry-farmed, head-pruned vineyard. Due to a small fruit set in spring, we only received 2 1/2 tons per acre, which led to a ver ...morey intense, concentrated wine. The fruit ripened easily and the resulting wine retained fresh, fruit flavors, along with noticeable peppery spice. We decided to add a 15% addition of Syrah, which lends color and complexity to the blend. This Zin has a dark ruby color with aromas of ripe red fruits, cedar and spice. The palette is classic Zin with its pure bright, ripe, red raspberry, strawberry, leather, and hints of cracked pepper. Aged on 3-year-old French and eastern European oak for two years, the slight vanillin and spice adds to the long fruity finish.
Downing Family Vineyards
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2004 Fly by Night Zinfandel

Only 633 cases were produced of a great example of our claret style Zinfandel. The Pelissa vineyard in Oakville is the source of all of our zinfandel and is California certified or ...moreganically farmed. Thus the 2004 Fly by Night Zinfandel is our first certified organic wine. It is well balanced and is sweet on the front palate and spicy on the back. Black currants, wild huckelberries, and a melting essence of dark chocolate emerge from this full-bodied wine that finishes with a note of vanilla and cracked pepper. WOW!
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Brophy-Clark Cellars
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2005 Zinfandel
Paso Robles

This wine combines fruit from two small, family-owned vineyards in Paso Robles—Margett Vineyard and Rancho Dos Amigos. Vintage conditions in 2005 were excellent, bringing warm, eve ...moren temperatures, promoting a gradual ripening of the grapes. This Zinfandel is vibrant and well balanced, featuring aromas of plum, blueberry and cranberry with hints of vanilla, spice and subtle oak. A velvety mid-palate and firm acidity give way to a clean, yet lingering finish.
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White Crane Winery
CAW Rating: 100
1 reviews

2005 Zinfandel
Livermore Valley

*********BEST RED WINE OF THE REGION*********
The 2003 from this vineyard took Best Red Wine of the Region, plus the Gold Medal. Because the vines are getting so old, t ...morehis will be the last year we will have Zin from this vineyard. Wine club members will get one bottle in their release and then only a few cases will be left for the public. If you are not yet a wine club member, it will be worth joining just for this wine alone.
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Stuhlmuller Vineyards
CAW Rating: 93
1 reviews

2004 Estate Zinfandel
Alexander Valley

Dark cherry in color with beautiful purple hues, our 2004 Estate Zinfandel offers complex aromas of wild berry, raspberry, white pepper and Santa Rosa plum. On the palate the wild ...moreberry flavors continue accented by enticing floral elements. Great natural acidity keeps this Zinfandel lively and vibrant, leading to a long, spicy finish.
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Secret Ravine Vineyard & Winery
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2003 Estate Grown Zinfandel

This wine is garnet red in color, full bodied, with a jammy fruit nose, slightly tannic and dry with blackberry and dark chocolate overtones. Serve with Asian beef, Texas style BBQ ...more and prime rib.
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Graeser Winery
CAW Rating: 74
4 reviews

2003 Simba's Sinful Zinfandel

The 2003 vintage of our popular Simba’s Sinful Zin is dark, dense and rich in the glass. Aromas of warm berry jam, liqueur and cream emanate from the glass. This is true California ...more wine, a little wild and a little polished with big round gushing fruit and dark spice. Perfect for dressing up a rack of sweet spicy ribs, the best backyard burgers or hearty pasta dishes. Stock up for year round merriment!
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Stonehouse Vineyards & Winery
CAW Rating: 100
1 reviews

2004 Zinfandel
Shenandoah Valley

California’s Shenandoah Valley has long been recognized as one of the finest locations for growing the Zinfandel grape. At Stonehouse Vineyards & Winery, the age-old craft of winem ...moreaking is used to produce wines that reflect the grapes and soils in the heart of the Sierra Foothills.

Dusty berry and black cherry aromas, with a touch of white pepper, entice the most discerning oenophile to quickly tilt the glass. An unmatched richness of massive blackberry and spice flavors follow, perfectly balanced by a soft backbone of silky tannin structure and multi-faceted cocoa and berry fruit nuances. This unforgettable experience comes to a drawn out conclusion with vanilla-spice and smoky oak flavors that linger on the back of the palate.

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Villa Toscano Winery
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2004 Shenandoah Valley Zinfandel
Shenandoah Valley

Grown in the beautiful Shenandoah Valley of California since the 1860's, this big red put the Sierra Foothills on the map for premium wines. This 2004 Zinfandel exhibits fruit tone ...mores of cherry and blackberry with notes of allspice and vanilla.
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Villa Toscano Winery
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2003 Fox Creek Old Vine Zinfandel

100% Zinfandel meticulously grown in Sue Fox's vineyard located in the beautiful Shenandoah Valley of California. These century old vines pass along their unique character to the g ...morerapes and in turn, into this wine.
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Villa Toscano Winery
CAW Rating: 100
1 reviews

2003 Late Harvest Zinfandel

This delightful Late Harvest Wine is from the last harvest of the season from the Old Fox Creek Vineyard. The grapes were picked at 28.5 degree Brix. There is 5% residual sugar.
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Cordon Creek Cellars
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1997 Late Harvest Zinfandel
El Dorado

Grapes for this unique zinfandel were harvested from the Ancel Vineyard on a cold mid-November morning, only moments before the sky opened up with a torrent of autumn rain. This l ...moreimited production wine was embellished with our unique methode’ bouteille deaux fois (twice bottled) treatment. Savor the rich dark-cherry and berry flavors, married with the essence of dried fig and plum.
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