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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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  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. 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
  3. 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 ...
    Elsewhere up to $34.99 Save $7 $27.99 in mixed 6+ or $31.99 per bottle
  4. 2017 Kalleske Barossa Fordson Zinfandel

    2017 Kalleske Barossa Fordson Zinfandel

    Biodynamic
    94 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. ...
    $39.99 in mixed 6+ or $44.99 per bottle
  5. 2016 Novy Russian River Zinfandel

    2016 Novy Russian River Zinfandel

    91 Points Antonio Galloni's Vinous
    A bright and spicy Zinfandel from very old vines in the famous sub-region of Russian River Valley, Sonoma. This Zinfandel complex but also lively and refreshing, being grown in a sea-cooled zone ...
    $39.99 in mixed 6+ or $44.99 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. 2016 Ridge East Bench Zinfandel

    2016 Ridge East Bench Zinfandel

    94 Points Antonio Galloni's Vinous
    A 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 entirely from ...
    $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. 2016 Ridge Geyserville Zinfandel

    2016 Ridge Geyserville Zinfandel

    95 Points Antonio Galloni's Vinous
    A premium wine from one of California’s greatest, oldest producers of top Zinfandel. From their Alexander Valley estate, the Ridge "Geyserville" is from the old-vine Zinfandel fruit that's ...
    $62.99 in mixed 6+ or $69.99 per bottle
  10. 2016 Ridge Lytton Springs Zinfandel

    2016 Ridge Lytton Springs Zinfandel

    95 Points Antonio Galloni's Vinous
    A premium Californian Zinfandel from the masters of the form, Ridge Vineyards. Parts of the Lytton Springs vineyard have been under vine for more than a century, since 1972 having been replanted ...
    $62.99 in mixed 6+ or $69.99 per bottle

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