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2012 The Mission Zinfandel, Dry Creek Valley, USA

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Price Range of 750ml bottle, ex-tax in USD
Average: $19   From: $17   To: $22

Score: 86  
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Grape Variety

Zinfandel (or "Zin", as it is affectionately known in the United States) is a dark-skinned red wine grape variety widely cultivated in California. It arrived in the Americas from Europe in the early years of the 19th Century, and was an immediate success in both Napa and Sonoma counties, which remain its strongholds today.

After 30 years of discussion and disagreements (including legal intervention by the Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco and Firearms), DNA research carried out in California in the 1990s confirmed that Zinfandel is identical to Italy's Primitivo. But although this research closed the debate over whether Zinfandel is Primi ...more

  • Dry Creek Valley is an AVA is in Sonoma County, California, located just west of the Russian river (the famous Russian River Valley AVA lies immediately to the south). The area is generally warm but contains many climatic sub-zones; generally speaking, the valley floor is markedly cooler than the hillsides. Dry Creek Valley's neighbors are the prestigious AVAs Alexander Valley and Chalk Hill. The much cooler Green Valley lies just to the south, on the other side of the Russian river ...more

  • Sonoma County, California, is one of the most important wine-growing regions in the whole of the United States. Vines have been planted here since the 1850s, and apart from the inevitable hiatus brought about by Prohibition, the county’s relationship with wine has been prolific and unbroken.


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