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Zinfandel/Primitivo

The Grape

Zinfandel (also known as Primitivo) is a black-skinned wine grape variety. It is best known in California where it has been grown since the mid-1800s, and is now found in over 10% of vineyards. DNA testing revealed that California Zinfandel is genetically the same as the Italian variety called Primitivo, which was introduced to Southern Italy in the 18th century, most likely from Croatia. The origin of the name “Zinfandel” is not known.

The Wines

Zinfandel is a red wine grape that makes light, medium and full bodied wines with pronounced berry aromas and flavours. Zinfandel is lighter in colour and body than both Cabernet Sauvignon and Merlot, but its moderate levels of tannins and high acidity give it a bolder taste. Zinfandel’s versatility allows for the creation of a range of wines, some of which are slightly sweet and can be drunk young. Others, with stronger tannins, are more appropriate for aging.

The Occasions

Since Zinfandel falls on the sweeter, fruitier side of red wine, its easy drinking taste makes it a great pairing partner with crowd pleasing dishes like tacos with spicy braised meats and Indian style beef curries. It’s also the perfect wine to bring along with you to a pot luck. More likely than not there will be several dishes on the buffet table that pair well with Zinfandel.

 
Brand
Varietal/Style
Region/Style
Profile

Different types of winemaking practices can affect the outcome of your wine. The chart below is a guideline for how we describe the profiles of our finished wines. Refer to tasting notes for each wine’s profile.

OAK BODY SWEETNESS
U - UNOAKED
L - LIGHT
M - MEDIUM
H - HEAVY
L - LIGHT
M - MEDIUM
F - FULL
D - DRY
O - OFF-DRY
S - SWEET
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Cru International
Zinfandel
California
D | M | M
Varietal/Style: Merlot
Profile: |D | M | M
California Zinfandel Style
Weeks 5
Varietal Zinfandel/Primitivo
Sweetness Dry
Oak Medium
Body Medium
Labels Included No
Wine Kit Instructions (PDF)

zinfandel-primitivo California Zinfandel Style

Zinfandel creates a wine with a luscious bouquet of ripe black cherry and delicate spices. The palate boasts a hint of toasted oak with well-rounded, berry fruit, and a long finish.

California Zinfandel StyleFermenting your wine on GenuWine Winery Dried Grape Skins will add deep hues, enhance the bouquet, and promote chewy tannins for a lingering finish.

Food Pairings

Tastes great with Italian meatball subs or Chinese-style ribs.