Kendall-Jackson Zinfandel 2012

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.

Winemaker: Kendall-Jackson
Wine:  Vintner’s Reserve Zinfandel
Varietal: Zinfandel
Vintage: 2012
Appellation: Mendocino County, CA
Price: $14.49

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.

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