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
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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
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 flavor. 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 finish with notes of black raspberry pie a la mode, spiced creme brulee, pistachio nougat, and cedar and pepper with soft, dusty tannins and moderate oak flavor. 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 finish with overtones of watermelon granita and dark chocolate shavings with well-integrated, chewy tannins and moderate oak flavor. A luscious, drink-it-now Lodi Zin bursting with fresh berry notes.
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.
Mount Peak 2015 Rattlesnake Zinfandel
93 points
$48
Dusty black ruby color. Elegant aromas of varnished wood, spice cabinet, huckleberry pastry, and marinated strawberry with a round, vibrant, fruity medium-to-full body and a warming, elegant, long cranberry confection, molasses, dark chocolate genache, suede, and singed rosemary finish with dusty tannins and heavy oak flavor. A concentrated Zinfandel with excellent structure and a lasting finish.
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 flavor. 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 flavor. 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 finish that presents notes of cinnamon spiced figs with no oak flavor. A raspberry bomb of a zin with instant appeal.
Lorenzi Estate 2015 Reserve Zinfandel
92 points
$45
Dark garnet color. Aromas of plum butter, bay leaf, raisin, and hay with a slightly chewy, crisp, fruity medium body and a tingling, medium-length morello cherry, charcoal, and cedar finish with moderate oak flavor. A drink-it-now zinfandel with introverted fruit.