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

Crux Winery 2016  Zinfandel
96 points
$38
Black violet color. Spicy aromas of spiced plums, lingonberry, luxury tobacco, cedar, and spice cabinet with a velvety, vibrant, dry-yet-fruity medium-full body and a peppery, involved, long rum-raisin cake, black pepper, and leather finish with chewy tannins and heavy oak flavor. A heavily oak-driven, spicy, concentrated zinfandel for divine pairings.
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 finish with nuances of graphite, sun dried tomato, and lemon pepper with well-integrated, crunchy tannins and moderate oak flavor. A delicious and balanced Lodi Zin that tantalizes the senses with elegant fruits and sophisticated spice.
95 points $15 Best Buy
Cline 2017 Live Oak Vineyard Zinfandel
94 points
$29.99
Deep purple color. Aromas of fresh blackberry, peony, and wild mint with a slightly chewy, vibrant, fruity medium-to-full body and a warming, intriguing, medium-length ripe strawberry, milk chocolate, and lemon curd finish with medium, chewy tannins and moderate oak flavor. A delicious and balanced zinfandel; juicy, jammy, joyful.
94 points $29.99
Monte De Oro 2015 Estate Grown Zinfandel
94 points
$42
Dusty garnet color. Aromas of dark chocolate, dried figs and dates, cappuccino, and clove with a satiny, lively, fruity medium-full body and a peppery, intricate, long blueberry compote, toffee, charred oak, vanilla custard, and peppercorns finish with chewy tannins and heavy oak flavor. A delicious port-style zinfandel; oak-driven with highlights of concentrated dried fruits and energetic acidity that keeps one coming back for more.
Ivory & Burt 2015  Zinfandel
94 points
$15
Best Buy
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 flavor. A wild, zingy, upstanding Lodi Zinfandel that makes a great match for rich steaks.
94 points $15 Best Buy
Cline 2016 Big Break Vineyard Zinfandel
93 points
$29.99
Black violet color. Aromas and flavors of menthol, blackberry sorbet, cherry-chocolate bar, and cinnamon rolls with a slightly chewy, vibrant, dryish medium-full body and a smooth, intricate, long finish revealing overtones of vanilla-mint, rosemary, thyme, and sage with moderate oak flavor. An ageable Zinfandel with great structure and wildly attractive herbal notes.
93 points $29.99
Bella Luna Estate Winery 2016 Fighter Pilot Red Bailey Vineyard Zinfandel
93 points
$42
Garnet black color. Aromas of wild strawberry, mulberry, and sarsaparilla with a satiny, vibrant, fruity medium-to-full body and a warming, amusing, medium-long pickled cassis, chocolate cookie, bramble, and black licorice finish with light oak flavor. A spicy, wild and pure expression of Zinfandel; a charming and expressive wine.
Tonti Family Wines 2017 Old Vine Zinfandel
93 points
$49
Deep purple color. Fruity aromas and flavors of grilled plum, raspberry coulis, tobacco, black pepper, coriander seed, and allspice with a silky, lively, off-dry light-to-medium body and a smooth, delightful, medium-long finish with notes of leather with moderate oak flavor. A juicy, fruit-forward Zin with attention-grabbing layers of smoke and spice.
The Seven Deadly Zins 2016 Old Vine Zinfandel
93 points
$15.99
Best Buy
Ruby color. Aromas of red plum, freshly baked cinnamon pastry, cedar, and maple-dipped bacon with a fruity medium-to-full body and an interesting, long chocolate genache, balsamic glaze, roasted nuts, and cafe au lait finish. A dreamy Lodi Zin with roasty character and instant appeal.
93 points $15.99 Best Buy
Pedroncelli 2016 Bushnell Vineyard Zinfandel
93 points
$26
Black violet color. Aromas of cedar, rosemary, hibiscus, rhubarb, and wild strawberry with a round, vibrant, dry-yet-fruity medium-to-full body and a peppery, complex, long brittle of grilled nuts, dates, black tea, tobacco, and licorice finish with firm tannins and moderate oak flavor. A spicy, intriguing zinfandel with style for days.