Zinfandel is a black skinned grape that is very tolerant to heat and dry climates. The grape is grown in California since the immigration from France and Italy during the Gold Rush. This grape has a big personality and is used to make full-bodied wines with signature flavor profile heavy on cane berries and black cheery, at times. Following are some great Zins that you will love for sure.
Winemaker Hugh Chapelle combines grapes from various vineyards to make this signature Zinfandel. Quivira Zin is one of the classic Dry Creek Zinfandel and is very dense. The wine is full of raspberry, blackberry, and cherry notes, along with velvety tannins and peppery spiciness. This wine can be a good beverage for backyard charcoal watching and can go well with heavy Pasta dishes.
Lambert Bridge is available in three separate Zin bottling, one blended and two vineyard-specific. The 2011 mixed-bag Zinfandel is dark, rich, and spicy. The drink has a hint of chocolate alongside the signature bramble fruit and cherry notes. Unlike many other Zinfandels, this drink is extremely versatile and food-friendly, and can go well with tomatoes, apples, winter squash, chocolates, and cheese.
Old Vine Zinfandel
Dry Creek vineyard always tries to make varietal wines and Zinfandel is their only area of interest. Old Vine Zinfandel from them is earthy and bright. This Zinfandel is loaded with peppercorn, spices, blackberry, rose petals, and dark cherry. The wine is very balanced and rich and can be a good company with anything grilled or smoked.
This winery makes some interesting Zinfandel. It is not so easy to get your hands on the Zichichi Zinfandel, as it is very rare. However, this drink ranks with Quivira and Preston wines. Zichichi Zinfandel is garnet-colored featuring hot zone elements like raspberry, blackberry, and pepper. The wine is juicy and ripe tasting.
These are some of the most popular Zinfandels, which you can get in the United States. Do check them out if you are a true wine enthusiast. You can also order a bottle from an online liquor store.
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