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Best Zinfandel Rated 90+ Points For Every Budget

While so many other wines having their roots in European soils, Zinfandel is often referred to as America’s Heritage Grape. The best Zinfandel seems to shine at its most powerful in the vineyards of California. Regions like Dry Creek Valley in Sonoma and Paso Robles continuously produce Zinfandel wines with jammy fruit flavors of blueberries and blackberries with smooth, luscious tannins. (Read More)

The old vine Zinfandel roots that still exist in California today are a holdover from prohibition days where Zinfandel was still consumed for communion wine. During the first American Wine Boom in the late 1800’s, Zinfandel was the most widely planted varietal and at one point was planted to almost 50,000 acres. Be sure to browse the best Zinfandel wines rated 90+ points and read expert descriptions about each bottle to quench your palate.

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2014 Michael David

  • Zinfandel
  • The Seven Deadly Zins
  • Lodi
  • Old Vine
  • California
  • Red
  • 750 ml

"Savory pepper and grilled beef aromas make this wine appetizing, its rich berry and ripe plum flavors bringing excellent concentration and depth to the palate. It's big and bold, yet polished. Firm tannins interlacing with ripeness and spiciness to keep it balanced and help propel a lingering finish."

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$15
90points

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$15
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$40
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$29

2013 Seghesio

  • Zinfandel
  • Old Vine
  • Sonoma Coast
  • California
  • Red
  • 750 ml

"Grippy in wound-up black fruit and black pepper, this is a ripe, bright and softly layered wine, completely in keeping with its old-vine status in dusty, complex notes. Spicy cinnamon and leathery pepper combine on the lengthy finish"

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92points

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$29

2014 Bedrock

  • Zinfandel
  • Old Vine
  • California
  • Red
  • 750 ml

"Deep, rich and luscious, with plenty of up-front fruit and tons of appeal. More of a field blend than a true Zinfandel, the 2014 is soft and forward, with expressive red-fleshed fruit, bright acidity and terrific overall balance. The Old Vine is 77% Zinfandel and a generous 23% mixed blacks. Best of all, the Old Vine Zinfandel is a fabulous value."

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$29
91points

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$29
$37

2015 Bedrock

  • Zinfandel
  • Esola Vineyard
  • Amador County
  • California
  • Red
  • 750 ml

"Theis comes from the heart of Amador. This is a big, briary, beefy, muscular wine with a full body, plenty of heady red and black fruits, tar, earth and pepper. It is a beauty and the fruit is where it’s at – as it is pure and rich, following through for at least 45+ seconds on the palate."

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$37
93points

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$37
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$45
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$39

2013 Amapola Creek

  • Zinfandel
  • Monte Rosso Vineyards
  • Sonoma
  • Vinas Antiguas
  • California
  • Red
  • 750 ml

"From the famous Monte Rosso red soil vineyard, two Zinfandels were produced. This is a great buy! Made from 123-year-old head-pruned vines, the wine has a dense ruby/purple color, a big, sweet kiss of black cherry, blackcurrant and blackberry with some dusty, loamy soil undertones and pepper as well as hints of charcuterie and spice. It is full-bodied, lavishly rich, and stunningly pure. It should make a savory mouthful for at least a decade."

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95points

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$59
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$42

2013 Michael David

  • Zinfandel
  • Rage
  • Dry Creek Valley
  • California
  • Red
  • 750 ml

"This wine reveals sweet raspberry fruit, dusty, loamy soil notes, a bit of Provencal herbs and a heady finish."

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93points

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$59
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2013 Michael David

  • Zinfandel
  • Lust
  • Lodi
  • California
  • Red
  • 750 ml

"The Lust is a whopper with pure, rich, full-bodied black cherry fruit, incense, camphor and a touch of toasty oak. It is concentrated, thick and juicy. This is a big, powerful, heady wine that, remarkably, is not the least bit hot or overripe in spite of rather incredible levels of potency."

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93points

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$59
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2013 Michael David

  • Zinfandel
  • Sloth
  • Lodi
  • California
  • Red
  • 750 ml

"The 2013 Zinfandel Sloth is even better, but production is much smaller, at only 291 cases. This is a stunner, with blueberry and black raspberry fruit, earthy, loamy soil undertones, a touch of pepper and smoked meats. Even a barbecue note seems to make an appearance in this beauty to drink over the next 7-8 years."

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93points

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$45

2013 Seghesio

  • Zinfandel
  • Cortina
  • Sonoma
  • California
  • Red
  • 750 ml

"This wine, which comes from their lowest yielding, dry farmed vineyards, exhibits perhaps the deepest level of fruit intensity, with loads of raspberries, black cherries, some spice, a full-bodied earthiness, but a long, layered finish. This is probably one of my favorites of this grouping."

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$45
94points

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$45
$49

2015 Turley

  • Zinfandel
  • Buck Cobb
  • Armador County
  • California
  • Red
  • 750 ml

"The 2015 Zinfandel Buck Cobb Vineyard hits the palate with serious depth and intensity. Powerful and dense, with plenty of mountain tannin, the 2015 is a big, heady wine that needs time to fully come together. A host of leather, cedar, tobacco and dried herbs add nuance through to the finish. With time in the glass, the wine shows good aromatic dimension. It will be interesting to see what the next year brings."

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$49
89-92points

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$49
$55

2015 Martinelli

  • Zinfandel
  • Guiseppe & Luisa
  • Russian River Valley
  • California
  • Red
  • 750 ml

"A rich, boisterous wine, this is explosive in the glass. Here, too, the flavors are bright and vibrant. Red-toned fruit and expressive floral notes abound. Voluptuous and intense, it possesses tremendous thrust in its flavors and overall feel. Even with all of its intensity, this retains considerable freshness and acidity to play off the forward fruit."

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$55
94points

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$55
$59

2015 Turley

  • Zinfandel
  • Duarte
  • Contra Costa
  • California
  • red
  • 750 ml

"The 2015 Zinfandel Duarte Vineyard is powerful, bold and direct in this vintage. Dark cherry, violet, spice and plum are front and center. Juicy, forward and supple, the 2015 is a good choice for drinking young, while the fruit remains vibrant. As always, Duarte is a blend of four sites; Evangelho, Del Barba and Mori, plus a bit of Salvador."

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$59
89-91points

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$59
$60

2015 Turley

  • Zinfandel
  • Kirschenmann Vineyard
  • Santa Barbara
  • California
  • Red
  • 750 ml

"The 2015 Zinfandel Kirschenmann Vineyard is another wine that feels adversely affected by the heat. There is good upfront intensity, but some of the flavors are a bit dried out. Dried cherry, tobacco, licorice and smoke are some of the signatures."

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$60
88-90points

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$60
$65

2015 Turley

  • Zinfandel
  • Bedrock
  • Sonoma
  • California
  • Red
  • 750 ml

"The 2015 Zinfandel Bedrock Vineyard is one of the most powerful wines in the lineup, as it often is. Succulent dark stone fruit, graphite, scorched earth, menthol and licorice give the 2015 much of its brooding personality. The tannins are big and broad. The Bedrock will be most appreciated by readers who like powerful wines."

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$65
90-93points

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$65
$65

2015 Turley

  • Zinfandel
  • Estate
  • Napa Valley
  • California
  • Red
  • 750 ml

"The 2015 Zinfandel Turley Estate is big, rich but also comes across as not fully put together. Wild aromatics and intense fruit are some of the signatures. The lower yields of the vintage along with the natural richness of this site result in a powerful wine. Dried cherry, smoke and cedar add nuance throughout."

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$65
89-92points

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$65
$69

2015 Turley

  • Zinfandel
  • Mead Ranch
  • Napa Valley
  • California
  • Red
  • 750 ml

"The 2015 Zinfandel Mead Ranch from a site on Atlas Peak, is a powerful, savory wine. Dried cherry, cherry pit, herbs and white pepper are some of the nuances that give the wine its distinctive personality. The Mead Ranch is not as flashy as most of the other Zinfandels in the range. Today, the fruit is a bit muted and in the background. It will be interesting to see where this goes."

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$69
88-91points

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$69
$75

2015 Turley

  • Zinfandel
  • Rattlesnake Ridge
  • Napa Valley
  • California
  • Red
  • 750 ml

"The 2015 Zinfandel Rattlesnake Ridge is the deepest and most powerful of Turley's three Howell Mountain Zinfandels. Today, the huge tannins and imposing dark fruit are still integrating. Attractive mineral/savory notes add to the wine's distinctive character. I expect the 2015 will need at least a few years to be at its best."

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$75
90-93points

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$75
$75

2015 Turley

  • Zinfandel
  • Dusi
  • Paso Robles
  • California
  • Red
  • 750 ml

"Another expressive Paso Robles wine, the 2015 Zinfandel Dusi Vineyard is ripe, powerful and intense, with notable breadth to hand all of that dark fruit. Today, the Dusi is a bit burly, but it all works well."

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$75
89-92points

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$75
$99

2015 Martinelli

  • Zinfandel
  • Jackass Vineyard
  • Russian River Valley
  • California
  • Red
  • 750 ml

"At the higher end of the alcohol spectrum, these are powerful wines for sure, but I hasten to add that they are beautifully balanced and in terms of flavor, tannin and complexity, they represent the pinnacles of ripeness in every sense. Medium garnet colored, this shows lifted cherry preserves, mulberries and blueberry characters with suggestions of Chinese five spice, dates and baker’s chocolate. It’s a full-throttle, glorious behemoth in the mouth with layers of berry preserves, exotic spice and fruit cake flavors framed by velvety tannins and plenty of freshness, finishing with extraordinary length."

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$99
95points

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$99
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