Kunde Estate Zinfandel 2006
Zinfandel from Sonoma County, California
The 2006 Kunde Family Estate Zinfandel is one sneaky character. It starts out as a well-mannered and elegant claret-styled wine, but the spicy flavors seem to grow in your glass. The beautiful berry aromas follow up and keep on coming. Pork tenderloin with a spicy rub would be just the match for this beauty—well-mannered but a little bit wild. Watch out - you might find the bottle disappearing somehow!
Wine & Spirits - "Tight red fruit gives this wine a clean impression, carrying the warmth of its alcohol with grace. It’s lean, with a quinine-like bitterness to the tannin that keeps the fruit in check. Decant it for grilled lamb kabobs."
Kunde Estate Winery
Since the early 1900s, five generations of the Kunde family have preserved the family tradition of farming their fertile, highly praised vineyards located in the heart of the Sonoma Valley. Their picturesque 2000-acre estate has been planted with 800 acres of wine grapes, the vast majority of which are now used to create the Kunde's entire line of hand crafted, ultra-premium wines. Their 100% estate grown varietals include Chardonnay, Cabernet Sauvignon, Merlot, Zinfandel, Sauvignon Blanc, Syrah and Viognier. View all Kunde Estate Winery Wines
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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 Joneses, or Napa-ites if you will. Grape varieties are more varied here, from Pinot Noir and Zinfandel to Cabernet Sauvignon and Chardonnay.
Notable FactsThe largest sub-AVAs of Sonoma include Dry Creek Valley, Russian River Valley, Alexander Valley and Sonoma Valley. Each sub-AVA, with its own micro-climate, is unique in its grape varieties and styles of wine. Dry Creek makes a mean Zinfandel while Russian River produces stand up Pinot Noir and Chardonnay. The Alexander Valley makes some of the better Cabernet Sauvignons in the county and Sonoma Valley creates excellent wines from all the above varieties. Other grapes found throughout Sonoma include Sauvignon Blanc, Merlot and Syrah.
About CaliforniaIt's not rare to see a wine's country of origin listed as "California." A country into itself in the wine world, California makes enough varieties and styles to match many European wine countries. It produces a diverse range of wines that span the quality spectrum.
The most famous of the California wine regions is Napa Valley, and these wines are certainly outstanding – but it's not as broad and diverse as its larger neighbor, Sonoma County. Down south, Santa Barbara's Santa Maria Valley is well-known for its Rhône blends, as well as cool-climate varieties like Pinot and Chardonnay. The Central Coast, the largest California AVA, has many different microclimates that lead to a wide range of wines with many sub-AVAs.
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17 ratings, 8 with reviews42/26/2013410/10/2012Darlene Smith - Grayslake, IL49/9/2012
Very nice smooth wine. I would order again.28/27/2012Did not meet my expectations...lacks umph.48/13/2012
- Smooth & Supple
This wine is very nice. This is my 2nd order.Maynard - San Francisco, CA46/6/2011
- Smooth & Supple
- Pair With
- Beef > Burgers
Watch out - you might find the bottle disappearing somehow! Spicy and balanced, a great Zin, but just when you think you have this one figured out, it's gone. Opens up more with each glass. One bottle is definitely not enough, get one for yourself and one to share.Dean foster - Philadelphia, PA42/3/2012jquesada - North Miami Beach, FL41/21/201211/14/2012We opened this bottle and it smelled like an old boot. The bottle had obviously turned and tasted like watered down vinegar.41/3/2012We enjoyed this one quite a bit and with a pork roast. Nice spicy nose and finish. Will purchase again.512/29/2011jbloore - Lockport, IL312/23/2011Dark fruits are quick to the pallet and come on strong. The fruit lingers for only a moment before a hint of vanilla quickly followed by bold flavors of pepper and spice which tingle the tongue and seem to last forever. Long finish with a noticable alcohol aftertaste.412/13/2011512/5/2011Delicious! And always fun to try an older vintage.JJH - Alexandria, VA27/22/2011Red w/Attitude - Miami, FL17/1/201146/22/2011
- Earthy & Spicy
Alcohol By Volume GuideMost wine ranges from 10-16% alcohol by volume. Some varietals tend to have higher (for example Zinfandel and Cabernet Sauvignon) or lower alcohol levels (Pinot Noir and many white varietals), but there is always some variation from producer to producer. Some wine falls outside of this range, for instance Port weighs in closer to 20%, while Muscat and Riesling are usually a bit below 10%.
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.
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