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Date Printed: 5/5/2016
Kenwood Reserve Zinfandel 2005
Kenwood Reserve Zinfandel 2005
(search item no. 97021)
Wine & Spirits rating: 92 points
PRICE ON 5/5/2016: $23.99

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.

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About Kenwood Vineyards:

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 steel fermenting tanks and large oak uprights, and 20,000 small French and American oak barrels, all devoted to Kenwood Vineyards’ “small lot” style of winemaking.

In addition to the 22-acre vineyard surrounding the winery, Kenwood Vineyards sources grapes from dozens of vineyards – many farmed sustainably, using natural soil amendments and pest controls whenever possible rather than chemicals - in Sonoma County’s best appellations, including Russian River Valley, Alexander Valley, Dry Creek Valley, Sonoma Valley and Sonoma Mountain. Each lot from each vineyard is kept separate throughout the winemaking process, enabling the winemaker to bring it to its fullest potential. This “small lot” or “cuvee” style of winemaking also enables the winemaker to draw on an exceptionally broad “palette” to assemble wines that showcase classic character, subtle complexity and superb balance. As a result, every Kenwood Vineyards wine – whether Table Wine Series, Sonoma Series, Reserve, Jack London Vineyard or Artist Series – is consistent in quality and consistently delicious.