Real Zinfandel is red, a fact many wine drinkers are rediscovering now that
the trend for "white" Zinfandel has stabilized. "Peppery," "briary,"
"brawny" and "chewy" are only a few of the adjectives used to describe this
mouth-filling wine. It has a real zest for matching up with tomato-based
pasta dishes. It is one varietal that the first Italian winemakers
propagated and cultivated when they came to California. Though it was
previously thought to be the Italian primotivo and the Croatian plavac mali
a grape, DNA profiling has linked the varietal to crljenak kastelanski—also
from Croatia—and, in fact, the father of plavac mali. Today it's a grape
variety that is almost unique to California. Vintners in Napa, Sonoma and
Amador seem to do the best job with it. Other states like Arizona, New
Mexico and Texas are trying as well. It has been planted in other world
regions more recently.
1. Scott Harvey 2006 Old Vine Reserve Zinfandel, Amador County, CA
2. Calcareous Vineyards 2005 Twisted Sisters Zinfandel, Paso Robles, CA
3. Ironstone 2007 Rous Vineyard Reserve Old Vine Zinfandel, Lodi, CA
4. Trecini Cellars 2005 Zinfandel, Santa Rosa, CA
5. Hyatt Vineyards 2007 Zillah Gorilla Zinfandel, Zillah, WA
6. Explozin 2006 Ancient Vine Zinfandel, Lodi, CA
7. Van Ruiten 2006 "Sideways" Reserve Zinfandel, Lodi, CA
8. Concannon 2006 Reserve, Zinfandel, Livermore CA
9. Ficklin 2007 Zinfandel, Madera, CA
10. Stama Winery 2007 Old Vine Zany Zin Zinfandel, Victor, CA
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