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

Grgich Hills 2017 Estate Grown Zinfandel
94 points
$37
Indigo color. Attractive aromas and flavors of cherry pie, raspberry strudel, and artisan dark chocolate with a supple, bright, dry-yet-fruity medium-to-full body and a polished, interesting, medium-long finish with notes of cedar and oak with dusty tannins and moderate oak flavor. A serious, dry, chewy Claret-style Zinfandel sure to entice the table.
Lorenzi Estate 2018 De Ambrogio Block Zinfandel
94 points
$55
Garnet color. Aromas of barnyard and fruit leather with a full body and a long blueberries, saddlebag, and parliament funkadelic finish. A rustic, complex, and incredibly interesting wine that will elevate any drinking experience.
Alexander Valley Vineyards 2017 Redemption Zinfandel
94 points
$24
Garnet black color. Jammy, inviting aromas and flavors of toasty, frosted raspberry strudel and peach cobbler a la mode with a round, bright, fruity medium-to-full body and a smooth, interesting, long finish revealing overtones of chocolate craisins and orange peels and boysenberry tart with chewy, well-integrated tannins and moderate oak flavor. A wonderfully chewy and rich, full-throttled zinfandel with great acidity and tannins to balance the vibrant pie-like fruit; a textbook example of old school California 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.