8 Elegant Zinfandels

GDP gives us his top 8 Zinfandels for summer


After last week’s look at value-oriented Zinfandel, I was pretty excited to jump into and taste some higher end wines. I love Zinfandel’s many iterations. From the Claret styles of yore to the fruit bombs that have made bold headlines and big points over the past decade, there is a great variety of styles well suited to many cuisines. Of course, many people instinctively pair Zinfandel with barbecue. That is a great a pairing, but with so many of these wines you really can do so much more.
Zinfandel has become so much more than a barbecue wine. In truth, you would be hard pressed to find better values at this price point in the domestic market; only one reason why I think Zinfandel is truly America’s greatest grape. The unique flavor profile, drinkability and freshness of fruit in the best wines are immensely appealing to me, but they also allow for great Zins to be served with so many great dishes or on their own. I would not hesitate to pair any of the top wines here with grilled meats, naturally, but I can see them also working spectacularly well with a more refined dinner of duck or game birds. Zinfandel is growing up folks, so don’t be afraid to give it its due!

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8 Elegant Zinfandels

Alysian Bradford Mtn Block Three Zinfandel (2009)
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Dashe "Les Enfants Terribles" Mcfadden Farm Potter Valley More United States Zinfandel (2010)
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Klinker Brick Zin 375 (2009)
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Bella Vineyards & Wine Caves Zinfandel Belle Canyon Estate (2009)
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Frank Family Zinfandel Napa Valley Wines Domestic Zinfandel (2009)
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Benessere Zinfandel St. Helena Estate Black Glass (2008)
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Summers Four-Acre Zinfandel Italian Miscellaneous White Miscellaneous White (2009)
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Dashe Zinfandel Dry Creek (2010)
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  • Snooth User: Billr85
    1122577 23

    Not one from Paso Robles area??

    Aug 07, 2012 at 4:35 PM

  • Snooth User: tracyd
    208444 45

    My two (three) faves didn't make it, either... From Michael David - Earthquake and Seven Deadly Zins. And a new favorite - Edmead. That last one was a complete surprise.

    Aug 07, 2012 at 7:03 PM

  • I agree with comment about Paso Robles

    Aug 07, 2012 at 8:34 PM

  • Snooth User: Capnkrusty
    613797 31

    I have had 4 of those wines and absolutely agree that they are excellent. I just have to say you need to try the 2010 Dashe (both) with grilled Lamb, it doesn't get any better!

    Aug 08, 2012 at 12:13 AM

  • Snooth User: skwirskm
    985184 19

    Glad to see that Frank Family made it in there. Drank a bottle last week and loved it! Excellent wine!

    Aug 08, 2012 at 11:39 AM

  • Snooth User: homestar
    512161 83

    I haven't had any of these wines, some great zins I have had are Talty, Joseph Swan, and Cosentino. Seghesio hasn't been mentioned in the zin series,despite having two wines in the WS top 20 or so the last few years. These lists only prove GDP's basic point that there is a lot of very good Zinfandel being made, eh?

    Aug 09, 2012 at 8:20 AM

  • Snooth User: Buds Girl
    1126909 22

    Seghesio and Frog's Leap....

    Aug 10, 2012 at 2:20 PM

  • Don't forget Sausal and Nalle

    Aug 12, 2012 at 2:25 PM

  • Totally agree with you, Zinfandel is the best wine I have ever tasted. Among red wines, of course

    Aug 14, 2012 at 8:56 AM

  • Snooth User: Hrabrina
    291264 11

    Hendry and Turley

    Sep 07, 2012 at 1:32 AM

  • Snooth User: Caveman6
    1279793 15

    Oh, I'm crying...This wine is so delicious, but I can't drink it 'cause I keep to the diet


    Apr 27, 2013 at 2:08 AM

  • Snooth User: jamchimps
    1385295 43

    Thats very good...

    Oct 28, 2013 at 2:47 AM

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