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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 Rancho Zabaco Heritage Sonoma Zinfandel

    2014 Rancho Zabaco Heritage Sonoma Zinfandel

    91 Points Richard Caro
    A really ripe but refined California Zinfandel. From heritage vines in some of the best spots of Dry Creek Valley, Sonoma, this red has a very big presence of ripe, spicy dark red fruit. But it ...
    Elsewhere up to $24.99 Save $5 $19.99 in mixed 6+ or $22.99 per bottle
  2. 2016 Sebastiani Sonoma County Zinfandel

    2016 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
  3. 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 $29.99 Save $5 $24.99 in mixed 6+ or $27.99 per bottle
  4. 2017 Artezin Mendocino Zinfandel

    2017 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 $32.99 Save $6 $26.99 in mixed 6+ or $29.99 per bottle
  5. 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
  6. 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
  7. 2016 Edmeades Mendocino Zinfandel

    2016 Edmeades Mendocino Zinfandel

    92 Points John Caro
    A rich but sophisticated Zinfandel from Mendocino, made by a specialist in this classic Californian grape. Mendocino is increasingly identified with hotter-climate red grapes, where Zinfandel ...
    $39.99 in mixed 6+ or $44.99 per bottle
  8. 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
  9. 2017 Ridge Geyserville Zinfandel

    2017 Ridge Geyserville Zinfandel

    95 Points Parker's Wine Advocate
    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 ...
    $69.99 in mixed 6+ or $77.99 per bottle
  10. 2017 Ridge Lytton Springs Zinfandel

    2017 Ridge Lytton Springs Zinfandel

    93 Points Richard 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 having been replanted ...
    $69.99 in mixed 6+ or $77.99 per bottle

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