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

Monte De Oro 2017 Estate Grown Zinfandel
94 points
$40
Dark garnet color. Aromas and flavors of strawberries, blackberry, peach jam, violets, and fresh thyme with a supple, lively, dry medium-to-full body and a tingling, interesting, medium-length finish with notes of fresh oregano, black pepper, raspberry jam, and cedar with fine, well-integrated, firm tannins and a suggestion of oak flavor. A precisely balanced Zinfandel; each sip leaves you wanting more.
Awards: 2021 Best Zinfandel
Oak Farm Vineyards 2019 Hohenrieder Single Vineyard Zinfandel
94 points
$35
Deep purple color. Herbal aromas and flavors of crushed blackberries, eucalyptus, black tea with honey, sweet anise, and sage with a round, vibrant, fruity medium-to-full body and a warming, intriguing, medium-long finish evoking suggestions of hints of ripe peach with firm tannins and moderate oak flavor. An herbaceous, fruity and generous Zinfandel that keeps on giving.
Kirkland Signature 2018 Old Vine Zinfandel
93 points
$9
Best Buy
Ruby black color. Aromas of blackberry, lavender, flan, and vanilla bean with a chewy, lively, dry full body and a warming, appealing, long blueberry pie, cedar, dried black cherry, and bergamot finish with woody, firm tannins and heavy oak flavor. A focused California blend that highlights oak and tart dark fruit; will pair perfectly with pepper crusted steaks.
Awards: '2021 World Value Wine Challenge-Top 5 Red Wine $10 and Under' Exceptional Value
93 points $9 Best Buy
Sobon Estate 2019 Rocky Top Zinfandel
93 points
$18
Best Buy
Black garnet color. Aromas and flavors of wild strawberry, pomegranate, black tea, vetiver, and rainier cherry with a slightly chewy, bright, fruity medium-to-full body and a smooth, complex, very long finish that presents notes of watermelon, fine tobacco, tonka bean, cherry custard, and tiramisu with moderate oak flavor. A rush of delicious flavors enchant the palate.
Awards: '2021 World Value Wine Challenge-Top 10 Red Wine $20 and Under' Exceptional Value
93 points $18 Best Buy
Sobon Estate 2019 Cougar Hill Zinfandel
93 points
$18
Best Buy
Ruby black color. Inviting aromas of spiced raisins, palo santo smoke, coriander, wild strawberries, and berry tea with a lightly tannic, crisp, dry-yet-fruity light-to-medium body and a warming, nuanced, long hazelnut, hints of ripe peach, and granola finish with moderate oak flavor. A bold, flavor-packed Zinfandel with some aging potential; dry and sultry.
Awards: '2021 World Value Wine Challenge-Top 10 Red Wine $20 and Under' Exceptional Value
93 points $18 Best Buy
Jacob Franklin 2019 Morisoli Vineyard Zinfandel
93 points
$52
Medium violet color. Aromas and flavors of blueberry juice, fresh strawberries, black cherries, violets, cherry blossom, vanilla cake, and raspberry liqueur with a silky, crisp, dry-yet-fruity light-to-medium body and a warming, complex, long finish manifesting notes of blackberry tea, mixed peppercorns, allspice liqueur, ramps, and strawberry gummies with fine, chewy, well-integrated tannins and moderate oak flavor. A classic bright and crisp Zinfandel..
Sobon Estate 2018 ReZerve® Zin Zinfandel
93 points
$24
Deep purple color. Aromas and flavors of blackberry confection, ripe fragrant plum, spiced pomegranate, and cigar wrapper with a velvety, vibrant, fruity medium-to-full body and a warming, intricate, long finish with well-integrated, silky tannins and moderate oak flavor. A fabulously silky Zinfandel that delivers refined elegance in a flashy fruity package.
Frey 2019 Biodynamic Zinfandel
92 points
$20
Best Buy
Ruby black color. Aromas and flavors of fruit and nut press, dried strawberries, roasted almonds, and peach yogurt with a lightly tannic, vibrant, fruity medium-to-full body and a warming, complex, very long finish that shows notes of chocolate ganache, nutella, sarsaparilla, strawberry preserves, and hints of soy with well-integrated tannins and heavy oak flavor. A delicious, chocolate-centric Zinfandel with port-like dried fruits and precise balance.
92 points $20 Best Buy
Opolo Vineyards 2019 Mountain Zinfandel
92 points
$30
Dark ruby black color. Aromas of grilled black plum, leather, cumin braised carnitas, fresh green olive, and root beer with a supple, lively, dry medium-to-full body and a tingling, engaging, long blackberry, black olive, fresh vanilla bean, black peppercorn, and dried strawberry finish with well-integrated, medium tannins and a suggestion of oak flavor. A somewhat brooding, savory Zinfandel bursting with concentrated dark fruits and savory flavors.
Maroon Wines 2015 Reserve Zinfandel
92 points
$60
Dusty garnet color. Complex aromas and flavors of cinnamon, dried rose, espresso bean, dark chocolate, and hints of spearmint with a slightly chewy, vibrant, fruity medium body and a peppery, interesting, medium-long finish that presents suggestions of red peppercorns, hints of coconut cream, almonds, candied fennel seed, and dried herbs with well-integrated tannins and moderate oak flavor. A distinctive Zinfandel with just-baked fruit character.