Zinfandel: The Bold American

Profile: Medium to Full-bodied, Bold, Fruit-Forward

Tasting Notes: Blackberry, Plum, Pepper, Spices

Origin: Origins in Croatia, Widely Cultivated in California

Ideal Pairings: Barbecue Ribs, Spicy Cuisine, Aged Cheeses

Serving Temperature: 60-65°F (15-18°C)

Aging Potential: 5-7 years, with some reserve wines aging longer

Description: Zinfandel, a grape with deep roots in American viticulture, particularly in California, is celebrated for its bold and fruit-forward profile. Though its origins can be traced back to Croatia, it is in the United States that Zinfandel has truly found its home, producing some of the most robust and flavorful wines.

Typically medium to full-bodied, Zinfandel is known for its rich, intense color and a palate brimming with flavors of blackberry, plum, and pepper, often accompanied by a warm spice that adds complexity. Its moderate to high tannins and acidity make it a versatile wine, able to age and develop more profound flavors over time.

Zinfandel's bold character makes it an excellent match for equally robust dishes. It pairs exceptionally well with barbecue ribs, spicy cuisines like Indian or Thai, and a variety of aged cheeses. Its versatility also makes it a popular choice for a wide range of occasions and palates.

Zinfandel is a wine that appeals to those who enjoy a fuller, more pronounced flavor profile. Whether enjoying a young and vibrant bottle or an aged reserve, Zinfandel offers a rich and memorable tasting experience.