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The Zinfandel grape is planted in over 10 percent of California vineyards and was probably the first European grape to arrive here in the mid 19th century. DNA fingerprinting revealed that it is genetically equivalent to the Croatian grape Crljenak Kaštelanski, which we will be attempting to pronounce on Saturday. It appears in Italy as the Primitivo variety traditionally grown in Puglia and Campania where it was introduced in the 18th century. Zinfandel produces a robust red wine with red berry flavors such as raspberry. The earlier ripening Primitivo clone shows flavors of blackberry, anise and pepper. Of course, there can always be variations to the rule. Would you believe White Zinfandel has six times the sales of red Zinfandel in the United States?
2009 POGGIO BASSO PRIMITIVO, PUGLIA
List price 12.00; our price 9.99
This rich yet elegant Primitivo has a fresh scent of blackberry with a hint of spicy currant. Flavors of blackberry, cherry and raspberry with a hint of spice play alongside an earthy core. Soft, sweet tannins and acidity with no oak influence make this an easy to like food friendly wine, or simply sip it on its own.
2009 PLUNGERHEAD ZINFANDEL, OLD VINE, LODI
List price 14.99; our price 9.99
This lovely Lodi Zinfandel is sealed with the inventive new Zork enclosure (a cork that needs no corkscrew: just pull at the z, unwind, and pop the top). The warm, often hot, climate of Lodi is particularly suited for producing good Zinfandel, a hearty grape that loves the sun and needs plenty of it to ripen to full-bodied, spiced plum perfection. This is your last opportunity to purchase this lovely Zin at the temporary low pricing.
2008 FEUDI PRIMITIVO DI MANDURIA, CAMPANIA
List price 15.00; our price 12.99
Millennia worth of eruptions from Mount Vesuvius have left the sandstone soils rich with deposits of volcanic ash, a combination that seems to suit grapevines extremely well. The vineyards of Feudi, including a small portion which is pre-phylloxera, produce imposing and elegant wines. This one shows nice medium earthy notes intermixed with wild berries, blueberries and spice. In the mouth it is silky, with nice blueberry notes, a bit jammy, but not hot, not herbal or brambly. It is juicy with wild berries, nicely balanced with good acidity and a nice spicy finish. A perfect burger wine.
2008 TWO ANGELS “ANGEL’S SECRET” ZINFANDEL, LAKE COUNTY
List price 17.95; our price 14.99
This Zin comes from a rocky hillside vineyard that sits at 1,500 feet above sea level near Clear Lake in Lake County. The juice ages in oak barrels for 10 months and comes from the bottle brambly and fresh, with black pepper and just a touch of cookie spice. It is a robust, spicy Zinfandel made for current drinking. It is dry and full-bodied, with blackberry, black currant, oatmeal raisin cookie and pepper flavors.
2009 LEONE DE CASTRIS PRIMITIVO DI MANDURIA, ‘VILLA SANTERA”
List price 19.95; our price 17.99
This is a rich red bursting with varietal character. Red fruit, licorice, spiced ginger, flowers and vanilla emerge with a lovely feel of sweetness, adding complexity to the dense, expressive fruit. It has a long silky finish. Wine Advocate liked it enough to give it a 90-point rating.
2008 MICHAEL-DAVID SEVEN DEADLY ZINS ZINFANDEL, LODI
List price 16.50; our price 14.99
Actually seven growers from Lodi provided the fine old vine fruit for this perennially wonderful Zinfandel. The layered complexity of this fanciful blend is immediately apparent from the entry of soft, supple pepper and licorice-clove notes to the merge of deep, brambly blackberries and cherries. The finish is clean on the palate with hints of rich vanilla, cocoa, and mild tannins.