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Is Zinfandel the great American red? Valued there as ‘everyman’s claret’, Zinfandel might lack the nobility of Cabernet Sauvignon (a Californian stablemate) but is very, very easy to love. As an early ripener it can make full-bodied, rich reds and blends en masse (which if done badly could explain its once-poor reputation). But more boutique, low-cropped examples benefit from proper tannin structure and uniquely mouth-filling, chocolatey dark fruits - which in some heavily ripe wines reach a prune-like or port-like flavour profile. 'White Zinfandel' is simply the rosé or blush form. Sadly for proud Californians, Zinfandel’s origins and landfall in the region are still mysterious, but definitely not local - it was recently revealed as genetically identical to Primitivo from Italy/Croatia. 

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Zinfandel

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  1. 2013 Sebastiani Sonoma County Zinfandel

    2013 Sebastiani Sonoma County Zinfandel

    93 Points Sam Kim
    Appealing - another winner from Sebastiani and everything we look for in a Californian Zin. Pleasure-centred and oh so satisfying (yet not too heavy) it is packed with ripe fruit and spice and ...
    • NZIWS Gold
    Elsewhere up to $24.99 Save $5 $19.99 a bottle
  2. 2014 EOS Paso Robles Zinfandel

    2014 EOS Paso Robles Zinfandel

    92 Points Richard Caro
    A new arrival to the NZ market, the Paso Robles region has been under vineyard since 1797 but has suddenly become one of the “hottest” appelations in California. Located midway between Santa ...
    Elsewhere up to $31.00 Save $6 $24.99 a bottle
  3. 2014 Francis Coppola Diamond California Zinfandel

    2014 Francis Coppola Diamond California Zinfandel

    92 Points Richard Caro
    A fruity and spicy Zinfandel - not too massive, this elegant and medium-bodied expression is red-fruited with pretty spicey, almost floral characters (from the small Petite Syrah component?). ...
    Elsewhere up to $36.99 Save $7 $29.99 a bottle
  4. 2013 Artezin Mendocino Zinfandel

    2013 Artezin Mendocino Zinfandel

    91 Points Richard Caro
    A delicious medium-rich California Zinfandel: bright red and black fruits as well as spice come with an aromatic nose and a juicy - but not jammy - palate. Offering real body and satisfaction ...
    Elsewhere up to $33.99 Save $4 $29.99 a bottle
  5. 2015 Kalleske Barossa Fordson Zinfandel

    2015 Kalleske Barossa Fordson Zinfandel

    92 Points Richard Caro
    Full-on and rich, a gorgeous big Zinfandel from a top producer in Australia's hot Barossa Valley. From biodynamic (organic) vineyards, serious love has gone into this beast of an Aussie Zin - ...
    Elsewhere up to $39.99 Save $3 $36.99 a bottle
  6. 2016 Kalleske Barossa Fordson Zinfandel

    2016 Kalleske Barossa Fordson Zinfandel

    92 Points Richard Caro
    Full-on and rich, a gorgeous big Zinfandel from a top producer in Australia's hot Barossa Valley. From biodynamic (organic) vineyards, serious love has gone into this beast of an Aussie Zin. ...
    Elsewhere up to $39.99 Save $3 $36.99 a bottle
  7. 2015 Stonecroft Gimblett Gravels Zinfandel

    2015 Stonecroft Gimblett Gravels Zinfandel

    91 Points Richard Caro
    A serious take on this rare variety in NZ. Stonecroft wisely doesn't aim for the heavier Californian Zinfandel style, but still use Gimblett Gravels' comparative heat to ripen this sun-loving ...
    Elsewhere up to $44.99 Save $5 $39.99 a bottle
  8. 2013 Seghesio Sonoma Zinfandel

    2013 Seghesio Sonoma Zinfandel

    92 Points Wine Spectator
    A big rich Zinfandel in the best American tradition. Deep extraction of colour and flavour make it a powerful and satisfying red, while good freshness and ripe tannins mean it will go ...
    Elsewhere up to $55.99 Save $6 $49.99 a bottle
  9. 2012 Francis Coppola Directors Cut California Zinfandel

    2012 Francis Coppola Directors Cut California Zinfandel

    Paying homage to the Coppola family's background in film, Director's Cut pushes the envelope of decadence with voluptuous, concentrated flavors of fruit jam, chocolate and vanilla.One of the ...
    $52.99 a bottle
  10. 2015 Ridge Geyserville Zinfandel

    2015 Ridge Geyserville Zinfandel

    95 Points John Caro
    A great vintage arrived to celebrate 50 years of this incredible wine. This is one of California’s greatest and oldest producer of top quality Zinfandel. From their estate in Alexander Valley, ...
    Elsewhere up to $69.99 Save $8 $61.99 a bottle

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