Shenandoah Vineyards Zinfandel 2012

Well, it happened again.  I saw a label that made me think I was looking at a Virginia wine, but I was fooled.  I mean, seriously, Shenandoah Vineyards?  Last time it was my own mix-up.  This time ….  Well, suffice it to say that the Shenandoah Valley is NOT in California.  Parentheticals and subtitles aside, it seems almost false advertising to use that name for a Vineyard so far away from the Shenandoah region.  That’s my regional pride speaking.  The wine lover in me, on the other hand, would suggest that it’s what’s inside the bottle that counts – not what they call it.  I bought a bottle, so clearly my love of wine won the day.

Winemaker:  Shenandoah Vineyards (Of California)
Wine:  Special Reserve Zinfandel
Varietal:  Zinfandel
Vintage:  2012
Appellation:  Amador County, California
Price: $9.99

Notes:  Dark garnet in the glass, this Zin had a bouquet presenting forest floor, cedar, tangy berries and a touch of sawdust.  The body was very light, acidity was good to high, and tannins were a robust medium.  Alcohol was 13.9%.  As for flavors, I thought this dry California red was quite peppery with a fruit core of cherry and currant, cedar, some camphor and even a touch of chili pepper.  I would have preferred more heft on the palate, but it was pretty decent otherwise.  Sure, it wasn’t awesomely complex, but it wasn’t a boring glass of vino by any means.  I’d buy it again.  If you like a little zing in your Zin, you may enjoy this one.

2 thoughts on “Shenandoah Vineyards Zinfandel 2012

  1. To be fair, the California Shenandoah Valley was named in the mid 19th century. Blame the homesick settlers. We have a lot of borrowed from the east names out here, just like the east has a lot of England’s place names. Thanks for the review. Can’t argue with the price.

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