There’s a reason Kendall-Jackson has been a powerhouse in the American wine industry for years now. Having spent not a few nights at business receptions in my life, I can remember colleagues practically sending up a cheer when hosts served Kendall-Jackson Chardonnay. As we know, however, KJ is no one-trick pony. A few months back I tried the 2012 Syrah. Staying with their reds, I more recently popped the cork on one of their Zins.
Wine: Vintner’s Reserve Zinfandel
Appellation: Mendocino County, CA
Notes: The bouquet of this dark garnet-colored wine was surprisingly understated but certainly present with round scents of dark fruit and earth accented by a sharp turpentine note. Acidity was good on this medium-bodied Zin. Tannins struck me as being on the lighter side of medium, and alcohol was at 14.5%. On the palate, I found this Kendall-Jackson to be a mouthful of fun. This is the kind of Zin that got me hooked in the first place. It could easily cellar a few years. Still, if you don’t mind a somewhat boisterous glass of wine, you may enjoy it now.