About Zinfandel Red Wine

About Zinfandel Red Wine
Zinfandel first came to American shores by way of the Schonbrunn collection which contained all the wine varietals grown in the Austrian empire. The earliest mention of Zinfandel, by name, in America was a vine nursery in Long Island in the 1820s. It made its way to California in the gold rush and thrived because of its hearty constitution and vigorous yields. Many a prospector had a little vineyard of Zinfandel and washed away their sorrows in their purple cups.

Top Picks for Zinfandel

Caricature 2015 Estate Grown Old Vine Zinfandel
95 points
$15
Best Buy
Dark deep purple color. Fruity aromas and flavors of dried raspberry, toasted coconut, blackberry leaf, licorice, hot cherry wood shavings, and pink pencil eraser with a slightly chewy, crisp, fruity sweet medium body and a peppery, delightful, medium-long graphite, sun dried tomato, and lemon pepper finish with well-integrated, crunchy tannins and moderate oak. A delicious and balanced Lodi Zin that tantalizes the senses with elegant fruits and sophisticated spice.
95 points $15 Best Buy
Ivory & Burt 2015  Zinfandel
94 points
$15
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Dark ruby black color. Spicy aromas of wild raspberry preserve, fine leather, chocolate gelato, mint jelly, mesquite, rye, and garlic scapes with a slightly chewy, vibrant, fruity medium body and a peppery, elegant, long white balsamic, marinated strawberry, bergamot, nutmeg, and strawberry leaf finish with moderate oak. A wild, zingy, upstanding Lodi Zinfandel that makes a great match for rich steaks.
94 points $15 Best Buy
Sobon Estate 2015 Rocky Top Zinfandel
94 points
$18
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Dark ruby black color. Inviting aromas and flavors of wood and leather armchair, spiced dried berries apricots, and figs, honey roasted yams and root vegetables, and floral honey with a velvety, bright, fruity medium-full body and a tingling, complex, long black raspberry pie a la mode, spiced creme brulee, pistachio nougat, and cedar and pepper finish with soft, dusty tannins and moderate oak. A rocking zinfandel with lush, concentrated fruit, creamy oak and warming swaggering finish.
94 points $18 Best Buy
Oak Farm Vineyards 2016  Zinfandel
94 points
$25
Nearly opaque black garnet color. Fruity, floral aromas and flavors of huckleberry compote, sweet pea blossom, pomegranate, peppercorns, melon rind, and sweet soy sauce with a round, crisp, fruity sweet medium-to-full body and a warming, interesting, medium-long watermelon granita and dark chocolate shavings finish with well-integrated, chewy tannins and moderate oak. A luscious, drink-it-now Lodi Zin bursting with fresh berry notes.
Spangler 2014  Zinfandel
94 points
$28
Black violet color. Rustic, herbal aromas of sweet gum tree hulls, candied aniseed, patina leather, and dried berries with a slightly chewy, vibrant, dry-yet-fruity full body and an effortless, very complex, long lime, mixed fresh herbs, galangal, and aloe finish with earthy, firm tannins. A superb and distinctive zin laden with exotic spice and herbs; truly one-of-a-kind.
Awards: 2017 Top 4 Best Zinfandel
Monte De Oro 2014 Estate Grown Zinfandel
94 points
$38
Dark purple color. Aromas and flavors of raspberry, apricot, white pepper, and espresso with an full body and a refreshing, medium-length fruitcake, amaretto, bittersweet chocolate, and graham cracker finish with well-integrated tannins. An old-school, California zin for purists.
Awards: 2017 Top 4 Best Zinfandel
Summit Lake 2014 Estate Bottled Zinfandel
93 points
$36
Ruby color. Aromas of tannery, tomatillo, clove cigarettes, plum, and cantaloupe with a supple, vibrant, dryish full body and a peppery, complex, medium-long chocolate truffle, raspberry jam, rose petals, and bomboloni finish with firm tannins and heavy oak. A serious and cellarable zin with huge atypical character.
Ledson 2015 Baldocchi Old Vine Zinfandel
93 points
$36
Black ruby color. Fruity aromas of cherry fruit leather, wild berries, elderflower, lavender, and bay leaf with a slightly chewy, vibrant, fruity medium-to-full body and a warming, intricate, medium-long lime spritzed raspberry sorbet, hibiscus syrup, blackberry leaf tisane, and ginseng finish with leafy tannins and light oak. A very cellarable Zinfandel with a sophisticated approach to fruit.
Tonti Family Wines 2016 Artisan Series Old Vine Zinfandel
93 points
$59
Black violet color. Fruity aromas and flavors of blackberry fruit leather, pear compote, dried raspberry, and fresh tomatillo with a satiny, vibrant, fruity light body and a warming, medium-length cinnamon spiced figs finish with no oak. A raspberry bomb of a zin with instant appeal.
Forchini 2015 Estate Grown & Bottled Proprietor Reserve Old Vine Zinfandel
93 points
$28
Violet color. Complex aromas and flavors of mixed berry jam, rose petals in sugar, cinnamon, saffron, and Turkish delight with a slightly chewy, vibrant, dry-yet-fruity full body and a warming, delightful, medium-long blackberries and cream and black licorice finish with firm tannins and moderate oak. An excellently structured Zinfandel for the finest meals; may improve further with time.