If a wine is labeled as “Zinfandel” that means it is made mostly from Zinfandel grapes (at least 75 percent). Zinfandel grapes are red wine grapes, meaning the skins are dark and have a lot of pigment. Although typically a red wine, zinfandel can also come in White Zinfandel.
If the dark red Zinfandel wines are made from the same grapes as the pink White Zinfandel wines, what’s the difference? The difference between the two is the same as the difference between red and white wines generally: it all comes down to the grape juice having contact with the grape skins during the fermentation process.
The taste of the red wine also depends on the ripeness of the grapes from which it is made. Red berry fruit flavors like raspberry predominate in wines from cooler areas, whereas blackberry, anise and pepper notes are more common in wines made in warmer areas and in wines made from the earlier-ripening Primitivo clone.
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