Zinfandel, sometimes called Primitivo, is a black-skinned wine grape that is planted in one-tenth of the vineyeards in California. Although this grape has been used for winemaking for over eight thousand years, the origins of the name "Zinfandel", which became commonly used in the mid-1800s, are unknown. In the United States, Zinfandel grapes usually produce a robust red wine, although a rose wine - White Zinfandel - are also popular. Because these grapes have a high sugar content, they can be fermented until alcohol levels up to 15% are reached.
The flavor of a Zinfandel wine depends on the ripeness of the grapes. In cooler climates, the flavor profile can include notes of red berries like raspberry, while wines from warmer climates often include hints of blackberry, pepper, or anise. Because Zinfandel can be very alcoholic, its flavor is often fairly intense, so be sure to take the time to enjoy the variety of this wine's flavor notes.