Zinfandel is a variety of red grape planted in over 10 percent of California vineyards and hails from the Dalmatian coast of Croatia. The California Gold Rush in the 1850s brought the first Zinfandel vines to the Sierra Foothills and for a time was known as “Black Sonora.” Joseph W. Osborne may have made the first wine from Zinfandel in California. He planted Zinfandel at his Oak Knoll vineyard just north of Napa, and his wine was much praised in 1857. Planting of Zinfandel boomed soon after and by the end of the 19th century, it was the most widespread varietal in California.
This Charles B. Mitchell Vineyards Reserve Zinfandel is full of delicious dark-fruit flavors; it is smooth and deep, comforting but sophisticated. The fruit flavors are ripe and satisfying, the texture is velvety and broad, and the body is full but not heavy.