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Millaman are the pioneers of Zinfandel in Chile but the grape has a long history. By the middle of the 19th century a vine variously called Zinfandel and Zinfandal had established itself in northern California and was prized for its productivity. A visiting French winemaker even pronounced that its wine was ‘like a good French claret’. It thrived in the warm climate, was beloved by the thousands who shipped grapes east from California to make wine at home during Prohibition, and was the most planted dark-skinned grape variety of the West Coast until usurped by the more glamorous and, significantly, more obviously French, Cabernet Sauvignon, in the second half of the 20th century. 

The primary flavours of Zinfandel are jam, blueberry, black pepper, cherry, plum, boysenberry, cranberry, and licorice. When you taste Zinfandel it often explodes with candied fruitiness followed by spice and often a tobacco-like smoky finish.

Zinfandel is lighter in color than both Cabernet Sauvignon and Merlot. However, although a light-bodied red wine, like Pinot Noir, Zin’s moderate tannin and high acidity make it taste bold. 

  • Millaman Limited Reserve Zinfandel 2015
    $50.00 Millaman Limited Reserve Zinfandel 2015
    90 Pts. James Suckling In the palate is juicy and balanced, with soft and ripe tannins, rich acidity and sweetness, characteristics typical of the variety. It has a long and harmonious aftertaste, ideal for haute cuisine...