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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. 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 ...
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    Elsewhere up to $24.99 Save $5 $19.99 a bottle
  2. 2014 Bogle Old Vine California Zinfandel

    2014 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 $26.99 Save $5 $21.99 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. 2012 Artezin Mendocino Zinfandel

    2012 Artezin Mendocino Zinfandel

    91 Points Richard Caro
    A delicious medium-rich Zinfandel - bright plummy and berry fruits as well as spice on the aromatic nose and juicy palate. Has good body and satisfaction but isn't too massive or heavy, so will ...
    Elsewhere up to $33.99 Save $4 $29.99 a bottle
  5. 2013 EOS Paso Robles Zinfandel

    2013 EOS Paso Robles Zinfandel

    92 Points Richard Caro
    A new arrival to the NZ market the Paso Robles region has been growing grapes since 1797, but all of a sudden it has become one of the “hottest” appelations in California. Located midway ...
    Elsewhere up to $33.99 Save $4 $29.99 a bottle
  6. 2014 Stonecroft Zinfandel

    2014 Stonecroft 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 use Gimblett Gravels' comparatively moderate heat to ripen this ...
    Elsewhere up to $44.99 Save $5 $39.99 a bottle
  7. 2014 Ridge East Bench Zinfandel

    2014 Ridge East Bench Zinfandel

    91 Points Antonio Galloni's Vinous
    Ridge has made the East Bench as a single-site zinfandel since 2006. One of only two Ridge Zinfandels that is entirely from the single varietal.One of only two Zinfandels that Ridge bottles as a ...
    Elsewhere up to $54.99 Save $6 $48.99 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. 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 ...
    Elsewhere up to $69.99 Save $7 $62.99 a bottle

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