Big, bold fruit is exactly what we love about the burly American grape Zinfandel. And, as its name suggests, this wine deserves a Gold Star! It’s from the prized Lodi region and balances all the dark big on plum fruit with a cherry bite freshness.
"Some would argue Zinfandel is the archetypal Californian grape if not America’s heritage varietal"
Zinfandel is California’s most historic grape. Planted in the 1850s, it’s survived frosts, phylloxera, even prohibition! Indeed, the state can boast vines well over 100 years old, but Gold Star has a much younger story. It comes from Lodi – the Wine Enthusiast’s Wine Region of the Year 2015. It’s home to amazingly approachable reds with unfailingly big, bold flavours, ripened in the heat of the region’s 261 days of sun per year. Even better for Zinfandel are the rocky soils, broken up by years of gold mining activity – they’re great for reflecting heat back onto the vines for even more ripeness! The O’Neill family – third generation winemakers – have created this punchy red for us. They recommend serving Gold Star with steak and barbecues.
Here's one to try next
If you like Gold Star Zinfandel 2016 but fancy trying something new, here's what our wine team recommend
you taste next.
For 50 years we've helped customers discover new wines with confidence, based on what
they already love ... now you can enjoy that same service online. How it works.
Why not add a few bottles of a new wine you're guaranteed to like ... or your money back!
First rate Zinfandel, California’s own great grape. Ripe, juicy, brambly fruit with a lift of spice
£15.99 a bottle
How it Works
Customers are always telling us they want to try new wines but don't know where to start ... well, help
you can trust is here!
Our expert wine team have been furiously busy on your behalf. They tasted all 2,500
of our wines and scored them against a SECRET list of flavour components ... the building blocks of deliciousness.
Welcome to Tasteography
All those flavours that might be mingling in your favourite wine - fruit types, oak (or not),
spice, dryness, body, depth of colour - were scored, rated and ranked by professional tasters.
Next came the boffins, making all those numbers talk to each other. And then out pops the recommendation.
A wine that's one degree of separation away from what you know you like - and so is the next great bottle
It's a fun and risk-free way to expand your horizons - and remember that 100% guarantee of satisfaction too!
Rate and review
Awards and Accolades
Forgot your password?Click here to have a new one sent to you.