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Nobody knows the origin of the name Zinfandel, but there's no mystery about the origin of this flavor.
The Croatians who first grew it called it "Crljenak Kaštelanski". 19th-century records mention a "Black Zinfardel" from Hungary, also called tzinifándli and czirifandli; a German white grape called Zierfandler; and a table grape called Zinfindal. We have no idea how these names came to be the Zinfandel we know today.
But we know exactly how the Zinfandel in these three bottles came to be: through the distinctive terroir of the Sonoma County vineyards, the unique climate of the Russian River Valley, and the careful, small-batch winemaking of Bertapelle Cellars. Whatever "Zinfandel" meant 200 years ago, today it means berry flavors, spice notes, round tannins, and a nice long finish. One taste and you'll forget all about looking it up in your Funk & Wagnalls.