It is a dark-skinned red wine grape variety widely cultivated in California and can produce top quality red wines that can rival Cabernet Souvignon. It can give out an array of flavours like black and red fruit, spice, pepper, tar, licorice and wood.
Classic Zinfandels are normally medium to full in body, with fruit-driven aromas and flavours of fresh berries, black pepper, and spices, sometimes with notes of citrus zest, chocolate, and briary underbrush; they are rarely overwhelmed by oak notes.
Zinfandel, meaning the red wine, is known for its rich, dark color scheme, medium to high tannin levels and higher alcohol content.
Food pairings include Cajun fare to Asian fare, from BBQ chicken to heavy-duty seafood entrees
In California, winemakers produce three styles of red Zinfandel – light bodied and easy drinking, medium bodied with ripe tannins and full bodied with intense fruit and firm tannins