Definition - What does Zinfandel mean?

Zinfandel red wine is made with the black-skinned red grape variety. It was the first red wine of California starting in Sonoma County. Today, the grape is cultivated in over 10% of California vineyards. From warmer regions, Zinfandel grapes make for a full-bodied red wine with high concentration of dark berry fruits and spices like pepper and anise, with a high concentration of alcohol. In cooler regions, the wine is noted for red berry fruit notes.

WineFrog explains Zinfandel

The Zinfandel grape variety is known for its black-blue fleshy skin. Wine from this variety is commonly known for its fruit-forward and jammy notes. It is a common varietal of wine found in California and is often associated with old-vine wines made from vineyards aging up to seventy years or more. Wines made from these older vines hold more complexity than their younger counterparts and are sold as high-quality wines.

Zinfandel is also known as Primitivo, as this is what it is called in Italy where it made its appearance in the 18th century and is still grown in Puglia.

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