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Zinfandel

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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  1. 2014 Sebastiani Sonoma County Zinfandel

    2014 Sebastiani Sonoma County Zinfandel

    90 Points Richard Caro
    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, spice and choca-mocha ...
    Elsewhere up to $24.99 Save $5 $19.99 in mixed 6+ or $22.99 per bottle
  2. 2015 Bogle Old Vine California Zinfandel

    2015 Bogle Old Vine California Zinfandel

    91 Points Richard Caro
    Huge, rich and soft, this Zinfandel from 60-80 year old vines is a great import and we love it. Full of pruney-raspberry fruit depth and a mouth-filling texture, this nails Californian Zin and ...
    Elsewhere up to $27.99 Save $6 $21.99 in mixed 6+ or $24.99 per bottle
  3. 2016 Stonecroft Gimblett Gravels Zinfandel

    2016 Stonecroft Gimblett Gravels Zinfandel

    Organic
    91 Points Richard Caro
    A serious, organic take on this rare variety in NZ. Stonecroft don't aim for the heavier Californian Zinfandel style, but use Gimblett Gravels' comparatively moderate heat to ripen this ...
    $27.99 in mixed 6+ or $30.99 per bottle
  4. 2016 Artezin Mendocino Zinfandel

    2016 Artezin Mendocino Zinfandel

    93 Points Sam Kim
    A deliciously rich California Zinfandel that won a coveted Gold in San Francisco. Bright red and spicy black fruits have a gently aromatic nose and a juicy (not jammy) palate. Offering real body ...
    $29.99 in mixed 6+ or $33.99 per bottle
  5. 2016 Kalleske Barossa Fordson Zinfandel

    2016 Kalleske Barossa Fordson Zinfandel

    Biodynamic
    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. ...
    $35.99 in mixed 6+ or $39.99 per bottle
  6. 2015 Seghesio Sonoma Zinfandel

    2015 Seghesio Sonoma Zinfandel

    93 Points Richard Caro
    A lush and intense Zinfandel from one of America's oldest producers. Deep colour and flavour make it a powerful and satisfying red, while freshness and ripe tannins make it great with richer ...
    Elsewhere up to $55.99 Save $6 $49.99 in mixed 6+ or $54.99 per bottle
  7. 2015 Ridge East Bench Zinfandel

    2015 Ridge East Bench Zinfandel

    93 Points John Caro
    A fairly recent arrival for a winery with such illustrious history, Ridge has made the East Bench label as a single-site Zinfandel since 2006. Today it is one of only two Ridge Zins made ...
    $49.99 in mixed 6+ or $55.99 per bottle
  8. 2013 Francis Coppola Directors Cut Zinfandel

    2013 Francis Coppola Directors Cut Zinfandel

    90 Points Richard Caro
    A rich and classic Sonoma Zinfandel from the Coppola stable. Ripe red and black fruits are packed with chocolate and spice in a style that is medium-full bodied, decadent and deliciousness. ...
    • IWSC Gold Outstanding
    $54.99 in mixed 6+ or $59.99 per bottle
  9. 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, ...
    $62.99 in mixed 6+ or $69.99 per bottle
  10. 2014 Ridge Geyserville Zinfandel

    2014 Ridge Geyserville Zinfandel

    93 Points Antonio Galloni's Vinous
    One of California’s greatest and oldest producer of top quality Zinfandel. From their estate in Alexander Valley, the 2014 Ridge "Geyserville" was made from the old-vine Zinfandel fruit that's ...
    $62.99 in mixed 6+ or $69.99 per bottle

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