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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 Bogle Old Vine California Zinfandel

    2016 Bogle Old Vine California Zinfandel

    91 Points Richard Caro
    California Zinfandel that's ripe, rich and soft -- from 60-80 year old vines, this is seriously yummy. With so much depth of pruney-raspberry fruit and a mouth-filling texture, this nails ...
    Elsewhere up to $27.99 Save $6 $21.99 in mixed 6+ or $24.99 per bottle
  3. 2017 Stonecroft Gimblett Gravels Zinfandel

    2017 Stonecroft Gimblett Gravels Zinfandel

    Organic
    91 Points Richard Caro
    An organic take on this rare variety in NZ. Instead of aiming for the heavy Californian style, Stonecroft use Gimblett Gravels' moderate heat to make this sun-loving grape into a red that's ...
    $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 ...
    Elsewhere up to $34.99 Save $7 $27.99 in mixed 6+ or $31.99 per bottle
  5. 2016 Francis Coppola Diamond California Zinfandel

    2016 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 in mixed 6+ or $33.99 per bottle
  6. 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
  7. 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
  8. 2014 Francis Coppola Directors Cut Zinfandel

    2014 Francis Coppola Directors Cut Zinfandel

    93 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. ...
    $54.99 in mixed 6+ or $59.99 per bottle
  9. 2014 Novy Carlisle Zinfandel

    2014 Novy Carlisle Zinfandel

    92 Points Parker's Wine Advocate
    A serious Zinfandel from a very old single vineyard in Russian River, Northern California. The Carlisle vineyard was planted in a cooler part of the Valley in 1927, long before it was surrounded ...
    $64.99 in mixed 6+ or $72.99 per bottle

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