Zinfandel [zin-fin-dell]

Definition: A red grape grown only in California. Related to the Primitivo grape of Italy. Produces both dry and sweet (dessert & port) wines.

Grown primarily in: United States

Best Climate: Hot

Winemaking: Usually made 100% varietal, but is sometimes blended with other reds, such as petite sirah. benefits from some oak aging.

Nose: Raspberry, cherry, wild berry, briar, pepper, spice, coffee/tea, herbs.

Mouth: Medium to full body, spicy medium tannins.

Note: It was recently discovered through DNA testing that zinfandel is related to primitivo.

Your Guide to the Varietal Grape

Varietal Facts

Select any varietal on the list below to learn the facts!

Barbera Cabernet Franc
Cabernet Sauvignon Chardonnay
Gamay Gamay Beaujolais
Gerwurztraminer Malbec
Merlot Nebbiolo
Petite Sirah Petite Verdot
Pinot Blanc Pinot Meunier
Pinot Noir Riesling
Sauvignon Blanc Sangiovese
Semillon Syrah
Viognier Zinfandel