Happy National Zinfandel Day!
Originating from a pair of Croatian grapes (Crljenak Kaštelanski and Tribidrag), the Zinfandel grape quickly spread across Europe. This grape is known to produce robust red wines as well as a popular semi-sweet rosé called a White Zinfandel. Red Zinfandels are typically easy on the palate with a jammy mouthfeel and full-bodied flavors of black pepper, cherry, blueberry and licorice. This grape tends to deliver a lighter color than Merlots or Cabs but can also have a bolder taste than Pinot Noirs.
Old Vine Zinfandel is a term used by many wineries and vineyards to describe wines made from the grapes grown on 50+ year old vines. While most other varietals would see a decrease in complexity and stature, Zinfandels actually increase in quality and become more intense! The plantings of Zinfandel in California date back to the Gold Rush era, which means some of the oldest vines in California can be found in the Sierra Foothills. One vineyard, Original Grandpere Vineyard, in Amador County can track its vines all the way back to 1869. Other locations with Old Vine Zinfandel plantings can be found in France, Italy and Croatia to name a few.
You can find selections of outstanding Zinfandels and Old Vine Zinfandels here.