Zinfandel does well and is very productive in well-drained soils. The berries are medium-large and compact. The ripening of each berry can inconveniently vary a wide range in a single bunch. These are generic growing characteristics of this varietal. Rootstock selection will impact the production, ripening and growth patterns of any varietal material.
Zinfandel is full-bodied and has a more obvious fruitfulness than that of Cabernet Sauvignon, with a strongly spicy berry element.
Zinfandel is one of the better-known names for Tribidrag, the oldest name for this variety. Known as Zinfandel to Californians. Tribidrag comes from the Greek "early ripening". Zinfandel likely became widely known in California during the Gold Rush.