Our Favorite Zinfandel Wines

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Zinfandel is a robust and complex red wine that’s as tasty as it is easy to serve. Just chill it for 15 to 20 minutes and pair with red meat, pasta, burgers, or even pizza. Zinfandel is also the inspiration for our luxurious Zinfandel collection, and in honor of this uniquely American wine, Vine Vera thought we might share some of our favorite Zinfandel Wine picks.

Dry Creek Heritage Zinfandel, Sonoma County 2009
A tasty and smooth Zinfandel with a bouquet of ginger and cherry, and tasting of warm spice, with strong notes of dark fruit, and very smooth tannins that make it easily drinkable even on its own. This Zinfandel selection is ideal if you’re looking for a wine that’s easy to drink and needs no accompaniment (although it does pair well with any of the usual Zinfandel pairings if you so desire).

Ancient Peaks Zinfandel, Paso Robles 2009
This Zinfandel is sweet and fruity, with a powerful slightly-tart strawberry smell. Tasting of ripe cherry and rather strong tannins and a higher alcohol content at about 15%, this wine should be paired with strong-tasting foods like hard cheddar, or served with dinner.

Ravenswood Winery Zinfandel, Dry Creek Valley 2011
Smelling of blackberry and smoky spices, and tasting of sweet dark fruit flavors with a tolerable level of acidity, this is another Zinfandel that’s pretty easy to drink, and could serve equally well on its own, with snacks, or a full meal. Relatively inexpensive and easy to obtain, this is a good wine to grab if you want to experience the gist of what Zinfandel has to offer.

St. Francis “Old Vines” Zinfandel, Sonoma 2008
Old Vine Zinfandel is highly sought after, because older vines tend to impart a more intense spice flavor to the resulting wines, and this little gem is a pretty good example of that. You’ll note a somewhat meaty scent with strong overtones of cherry, and it tastes a bit smoky with bright acidity and spice. Especially great when served with any dinner that features red meat as the main course.

Michael David Vineyards Seven Deadly Zins, Lodi, California 2014
This Zinfandel blend may have a humorous and punny name, but the contents of the bottle are nothing humorous. This is another excellent old vine Zinfandel that’s actually a blend of old vine grapes from several different vineyards in the area. It’s another stellar example of the richness and spice found in old vine; it’s got dark jam notes and is highly concentrated, probably making it best paired with a full meal. If you’ve never tried an old vine Zinfandel and want to see why its so highly sought after, this blend is a great starting point.

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