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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. 2017 Sebastiani Sonoma County Zinfandel

    2017 Sebastiani Sonoma County Zinfandel

    93 Points Sam Kim
    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, spicey tannins and ...
    Elsewhere up to $24.99 Save $5 $19.99 in mixed 6+ or $22.99 per bottle
  2. 2018 Artezin Mendocino Zinfandel

    2018 Artezin Mendocino Zinfandel

    5 Stars Sam Kim
    A deliciously rich California Zinfandel that has also won accolades over the years. Bright red and spicy black fruits have a gently aromatic nose and a juicy (not jammy) palate. Offering real ...
    $25.99 in mixed 6+ or $28.99 per bottle
  3. 2018 Stonecroft Gimblett Gravels Zinfandel

    2018 Stonecroft Gimblett Gravels Zinfandel

    Organic
    4 Stars Michael Cooper
    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. 2017 Francis Coppola Diamond California Zinfandel

    2017 Francis Coppola Diamond California Zinfandel

    92 Points Richard Caro
    A fruity and spicy California Zinfandel. this elegant and medium-bodied expression is red-fruited with spicey, almost floral characters (from the small Petite Syrah component?). Shows the ...
    Elsewhere up to $36.99 Save $7 $29.99 in mixed 6+ or $33.99 per bottle
  5. 2018 Ridge East Bench Zinfandel

    2018 Ridge East Bench Zinfandel

    93 Points Jeb Dunnuck
    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 ...
    $53.99 in mixed 6+ or $59.99 per bottle
  6. 2013 Edmeades Perli Zinfandel

    2013 Edmeades Perli Zinfandel

    91 Points Wine Enthusiast
    A complex and classy Zinfandel from a very special site in Northern California. First planted in the 1800s, the Perli vineyard is situated just ten miles from the Pacific's cooling influence and ...
    $54.99 in mixed 6+ or $61.99 per bottle
  7. 2018 Ridge Geyserville Zinfandel

    2018 Ridge Geyserville Zinfandel

    95 Points Jeb Dunnuck
    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 ...
    $70.99 in mixed 6+ or $78.99 per bottle
  8. 2018 Ridge Lytton Springs Zinfandel

    2018 Ridge Lytton Springs Zinfandel

    94 Points John Caro
    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, it has been ...
    $70.99 in mixed 6+ or $78.99 per bottle

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