Zinfandel

Perhaps the world’s most versatile wine grape, making everything from blush wine (White Zinfandel), to rich, heavy reds. Food pairings: very much depends on the freshness/heaviness of the wine; tomato-sauce pasta, pizza, and grilled and barbecued meats. Districts: only found in California. Typical taste in varietal wine: often a zesty flavor with berry and pepper.

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  1. 2015 Tratturi Primitivo

    2015 Tratturi Primitivo

    $12.99

    Vineyard: Grapes are sourced from vineyards around the town of Salento. Viticulture: Grapes are harvested in the first half of September. Vinification: Vinified at a controlled temperature between 73 and 79 degrees F. Aging: Stainless steel. Learn More
  2. 2012 Bogle Old Vine Zinfandel

    2012 Bogle Old Vine Zinfandel

    $15.94

    Bold and vibrant notes of summer raspberry intoxicate the senses, enticing you to take a sip of this lively red zinfandel. Once on the palate, flavors of briary blackberries and ripe cranberries meld with tones of baking spices such as clove and nutmeg. Nuances are added from the young American oak, concentrating and enhancing the juicy mouthfeel. The full-bodied tannin structure relaxes into a smooth and supple finish: long, lingering and full of enjoyment. Learn More
  3. Bogle Old Vine Zinfandel 2014

    Bogle Old Vine Zinfandel 2014

    $19.94

    Lively fruit flavors and great balance make this wine easy to appreciate and a versatile pairing with food. Fresh cherry and raspberry aromas meet rich flavors on a smooth texture that has just enough light tannins for a little grip. Learn More
  4. Sotto Il Sole primitivo Salento

    Sotto Il Sole primitivo Salento

    $24.94

    Sotto Il Sole PRIMITIVO SALENTO I.G.T Journey to the deep southern regions of Italy to find the hearty grapes of Puglia and Sicily that Sotto Il Sole™ captures in every bottle. Perfumed and earthy, Negroamaro, Primitivo and Grillo fruits are famed for their ability to withstand strong Sun and high heat. Sotto Il Sole™ – “under the sun” – the ancient magic of blossoming, growth, & ripening instills fruit with the luminous, powerful, stunning qualities of sunlight. Open a bottle and let it shine. Learn More
  5. Sotto Il Sole Primitivo Salentino

    Sotto Il Sole Primitivo Salentino

    $24.99

    90WS "Dark yet refined, with juicy acidity balancing the ripe plum and dark cherry notes, accompanied by full tannins. Layers of tar, spice and leather linger on the fine finish. Drink now." - Wine Spectator, 90 points! 100% Primitivo. "Sotto il Sole wines are a journey to the deep southern regions of Italy to find the hearty grapes of Puglia and Sicily. Perfumed and earthy, Negroamaro, Primitivo and Grillo fruits are famed for their ability to withstand strong sun and high heat, hence Sotto il Sole - “under the sun”. Fruits instilled with the luminous, powerful, stunning qualities of sunlight. Open a bottle and let it shine." - Producer Primitivo is a dark-skinned grape variety used in certain inky, tannic wines from the Puglia region of deepest southern Italy. It is perhaps better known under its American synonym Zinfandel, which has become one of the most widely planted vines in the United States. Its popularity is only increasing, particularly through DOCs such as Primitivo di Manduria. It is thought that Primitivo was brought to the vineyards of southern Italy from the Primorska Hrvatska region of Croatia. It is likely it was in this form, and from this origin, that the variety arrived in America, although it was only in the 1990s that the Zinfandel-Primitivo-Crljenak link was confirmed. Primitivo translates roughly as 'early one', and it is hard to miss the link here with Tempranillo, which means the same thing in Spanish. English speakers might infer the grape was in some way 'primitive', perhaps less refined than other grape varieties and the robust, almost aggressive character of much Primitivo might support this idea – even in Puglia the wine is known as Mirr Test, meaning 'hard wine'. However, the Primitivo name is thought to be a reference to the variety's early ripening nature, although it is also possible that it was named in reference to the uneven way Primitivo berries ripen; it is not unusual to see plump, fully ripened berries clustered alongside hard, green 'grapeshot'. A classic Primitivo wine is high in both alcohol and tannins, intensely flavored and deeply colored. A certain bitterness is often found in Primitivo which, combined with its mouth-puckering tannins, means that it needs a few years in either bottle or barrel. This faint bitterness is a trait that characterizes many Italian wines, and a quality that is being used to mark Primitivo as a truly Italian grape, quite distinct from its alter ego across the Atlantic. Learn More
  6. 1000 Stories Zinfandel

    1000 Stories Zinfandel

    $27.94

    1000 Stories is produced in small batches, much like premium bourbon. Select parcels of Zinfandel were sourced from Mendocino County, some of which came from vineyards with family histories dating back to the 1880’s. Each individual lot started the ageing process in traditional American and French wine barrels. The next step was the introduction of the wine to bourbon barrels. Part of the blend was aged in new bourbon barrels from the Independent Stave Company. This process is similar to ageing in wine barrels, but with a flavor profile unique to the charred bourbon barrels – vanilla, dried herbs and a hint of caramel. The final step of the process was the most grand: the blend completed its barrel ageing in old bourbon barrels from famed distilleries such as Heaven Hill and Four Roses. Some of these barrels were 13 year old, single-use barrels, used to make the highest quality bourbon. Learn More
  7. 2012 Seghesio Zinfandel Sonoma

    2012 Seghesio Zinfandel Sonoma

    $29.99

    Over the years, Seghesio's solid Zins bearing the simple Sonoma County designation have been among the better values to be found, but this 2012 just might be the best bottling yet and is a deep, very well-focused, impressively extracted wine that is long on fruity muscle. While it takes on an edge of astringency at the finish, its tannins are not out of bounds and afford it the spine and the structure needed for aging, and service with the richer foods for which it is made will make its minor, last-minute heat next to unnoticeable. Wine Tasting Notes A blend from sites in Dry Creek Valley and Alexander Valley. Spicy, lush black fruit of Alexander Valley. Briary and raspberry flavors, along with structure, of cooler Dry Creek Valley. Balanced and elegantly structured. Learn More
  8. Enkidu Old Vine Zinfandel

    Enkidu Old Vine Zinfandel

    $36.94

    The 2014 "E" OV Zin explodes from the glass with penetrating aromas of raspberry liqueur and black cherry preserves that carry through to the flavors, with added hints of roots and black pepper spice. The mouth-feel is soft and rich with bright acidity that leads to a long finish. This vintage is ready to enjoy now, and will age well for 7+ years. Learn More
  9. Seghesio Zinfandel Sonoma 2014

    Seghesio Zinfandel Sonoma 2014

    $37.94

    Spicy, lush black fruit of Alexander Valley. Briary and raspberry flavors, along with structure, of cooler Dry Creek Valley. Balanced and elegantly structured. Learn More

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