Zinfandel is often called “California’s Grape” as it came to fame here without any real historical legacy from Europe. Turns out that it came from Croatia (where it is known as Crljenak Kaštelanski) via Puglia (where it is a big deal both quality and quantity wise under the name Primitivo). We don’t have any Crljenak Kaštelanski but DO offer quite a few bottlings of Primitivo if you want to do some comparisons.

 

Spectrum Cellars Zinfandel 2009, California  

This juicy, delicious and quaffable Zin has been a big hit already even though we just got it in on Wednesday. You won’t be able to find it by looking for it by the name though as somehow the label is printed in deep purple on a black background and is virtually unreadable. BUT, since the bottles look like giant purple Crayola crayons, just look for the sign with a picture of a big box of crayons on it that says “Got any more of that Crayola Zin?”! Yes, but it’s going fast…