Kenwood Reserve Zinfandel 2005

Zinfandel from Sonoma County, California

Item No. 97021
  • red wine
  • W&S92
Style: Big & Bold

Wine Style Guide

Light & Fruity

Red wines that are more fruit-forward and lighter in tannin and body.

Smooth & Supple

Medium bodied reds that go down easy, with smooth tannins and supple fruit.

Earthy & Spicy

Wines where earthy and/or spicy dominate the flavors – typically medium to full body.

Big & Bold

Full bodied wines that have concentrated fruit and are higher in alcohol and/or tannins. Some need age.

Winemaker's Notes

The 2005 Kenwood Reserve Zinfandel is selected from individual barrel lots of our best Zinfandels sourced from Sonoma County's premier appellations. The Weise Vineyard located high in the Mayacamas mountain range on the eastern edge of the Sonoma Valley makes up the majority of the blend. The 2005 growing season was characterized by a long, temperate growing season that allowed the vines to bring the fruit to full ripeness at an even, steady pace. The grapes were then picked at the peak of flavor in late September and early October. After fermentation in stainless steel tanks, the wine was aged in 60% French and 40% American oak for 17 months.

Concentrated aromas of blackberries and dried figs with spicy notes of black pepper and licorice; full-bodied, rich flavors with powerful tannins and a long finish.

Critical Acclaim

"There's a freshness and ease to this zinfandel that plays up the spice of the grape. Juicy, tart cherry flavors hit the tannins with enough impact to spark up their fragrance. This is bright and delicious, the kind of friendly red to buy by the case. For grilled meats, from chicken to quail or lamb."
92 Points

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was somewhat disapointed considering I enjoy most kenwoods. It was very light, not hardy, lacking in body, depth, complexity. Did not seem balanced either. I have had much better zins. sorry
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Located in the heart of the Sonoma Valley, Kenwood Vineyards is dedicated to producing premium wines truly representative of Sonoma County"s world-class vineyards. Kenwood Vineyards was established in 1970 in the former Pagani Brothers Winery, a historic cellar dating back to 1906. Thoroughly refurbished and modernized, the facility now boasts more than 125 stainless...

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Learn About Sonoma County

Twice as large as Napa in size, Sonoma County only makes about a half the amount of wine as her northeasterly neighbor. But Sonoma, with her size, is able to vouch for more diversity within her borders, including sub-AVAs that are climatically varied. The atmosphere of Sonoma is decidedly laid back and down home country style. But in wines, they are keeping up with the...

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Learn About Zinfandel

Zinfandel(ZIN-fahn-dell) American Grape Zinfandel the American - or Californian - grape. Although it's not from America (Croatia has been named its origin), it does seem quite at home in the vineyards of California. During Prohibition, many Zinfandel vines survived as the high-yielding grape was popular both for home winemaking and communion wine, which is...

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