Grown almost exclusively in California, Zinfandel is a powerhouse of a grape that rivals Cabernet in both richness and elegance. Zin’s tend to be big and bold with jammy fruit flavors of blackberry and plum, with firm tannins and a vanilla-spice finish. Many Zinfandels are called “Old Vine” Zin’s, which simply means that the vines themselves are old: typically over 40 or 50 years, but up to 125 years old! These vines produce less grapes, resulting in a more concentrated wine.

Key Regions

  • California: Alexander Valley, Napa Valley, Amador County
  • Italy(known as Primitivo)

Key Attributes

  • Aromas: Juicy Blackberry, Plum, Raisin(Old Vine), Pepper, Chocolate, Coffee, Tobacco
  • Flavors: Blackberry, Cherry, Plum Raisin, Oak, Cedar, Coffee, Tobacco, Chocolate, Earth

Classic Pairings

  • Red Meats, Lamb, Venison, Mild and Aged Cheeses

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