Zinfandel has always been the quintessential California wine. Taking on the characteristics of the regions where it’s grown, the flavor of a California Zin is like the flavor of California.
With a label inspired by the psychedelic rock posters of the 1960s, Zinfandelic captures the spirit of Zinfandel, California's quintessential wine. The organically farmed old vine vineyards are located in the renowned Sierra Foothills, Lodi and Mendocino regions.
It started in 1852 when Zinfandel vineyards were first introduced to California and planted in Amador County, near the Sierra Nevada mountains. It was a match made in heaven and Zinfandel became one of the most widely planted varietals in the state. Unfortunately, many of these Zinfandel vineyards were destroyed during Prohibition. It wasn't until the mid-1900s that Zinfandel began to experience a revitalization. Just as the freedom movement was making it's way out of Haight-Ashbury and into the rest of the world, so too was Zinfandel wine.
Most of the world had forgotten about this once popular grape, the wine of choice during the Gold Rush. When Zinfandel finally made its comeback in the 1960s, Zinfandel was referred to as "California's grape". The origins of Zinfandel have been widely disputed. Until recently, many believed that Zinfandel originated in Italy and was the same grape as Primitivo.
A study conducted in 1994 confirmed that while Zinfandel was a genetic match to Primitivo from Italy, it wasn't 100% identical. So, while they were related, they weren't the one and the same. After much research and tracking down other relatives of Zinfandel, researchers finally came across a match to Zinfandel in Croatia known as Dobricic.
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