One of the most popular Californian red wine grapes, the Zinfandel grape produces a fruity wine that can range from light bodied to a bolder, spicier wine.
It was grown in Europe hundreds of years ago, but its arrival to the USA really pushed it to the next level. At the turn of the 21st century it was the most widely planted grape in North America.
It is assumed that the Zinfandel grape originated in Italy or Croatia, but the truth is no one really knows where it came from. Today however, the playing ground of Zinfandel is undoubtedly California, where it rivals Cabernet Sauvignon as the most popular varietal of red wine.
Since the Zinfandel can create all different types of wine, from light and fruity to bold and spicy, it is nearly impossible to categorize other than by the fact that it is so versatile. It is a remarkably malleable grape, and therefore you should write down the producer if you come across a Zinfandel that you like.
This Napa Zinfandel is heavy on the fruit, with hints of spice and vanilla. As far as Napa Zins go it is a classic taste of the grape.
Chateau Montelena 2007 Estate Zinfandel