9 Fruit-Forward California Zinfandels

New reviews of reds from Sonoma, Napa and more for under $35
9 Fruit-Forward California Zinfandels
Heitz in Napa Valley has long been a leader for high-quality California wine. (Kent Hanson)
Oct 30, 2017

Introduced to California during the Gold Rush, Zinfandel has found success in the Golden State like nowhere else. With more than 47,000 acres planted, it's the third-leading variety in the state. The grape's fruit-forward appeal is on full display in this week's selection, which includes a few bottlings from historic vineyards.

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