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Kinsella Estates Spencer Vineyard Zinfandel 2013

Zinfandel from Dry Creek Valley, Sonoma County, California
  • RP93
750ML / 15.8% ABV
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750ML / 15.8% ABV

Winemaker Notes

Beautiful and expressive aromas of violets, brandied cherries, cinnamon and cloves lead to enticing flavors of dark cherry preserves, freshly picked blackberries and red licorice. This wine has a plush mouthfeel with fine, well-integrated tannin sand a dusty minerality. Patience is rewarded after a short decant, revealing gorgeous notes of sandalwood and boysenberryjam.

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Kinsella’s 2013 Zinfandel Spencer Vineyard comes from Dry Creek and tips the scales at a lofty 15.5% natural alcohol. It is full-bodied and opulent, with loads of black raspberry fruit intermixed with pepper, loamy soil notes and a touch of underbrush. It is delicious, long, heady and sumptuous. Drink it over the next 5-7 years.
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Kinsella Estates

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Kinsella Estates, California
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Kinsella Estates is an organically-farmed vineyard situated in a private valley in the foothills of the western edge of Sonoma’s Dry Creek Valley. Elevated 500 feet above the Russian River, the valley enjoys a warm climate that virtually never sees winter frost (the hills even harbor occasional citrus trees!). The East-West running valley is planted with 12 acres of Cabernet Sauvignon vines on the steep eastern hillsides composed of loamy, metamorphic soil. The valley drains a large watershed where a winter stream rapidly fills up Spencer Lake, which provides irrigation water in summer. The Kinsella Estates vineyard is composed of three blocs: The Heirloom Vineyard -- a steep-sloping, two acre, 17-year-old parcel, wedged in between an arroyo and a knoll of Spanish oaks -- the six acre Jersey Boys Vineyard, and the four acre roadside Spencer Vineyard. The arroyo that runs between Jersey Boys and Spencer vineyards feeds the lake. In the summer of 2008, the latter two blocs were ripped out and replanted with four different clones of Cabernet Sauvignon, handpicked by winemaker Thomas Rivers Brown. Two thirds of an acre of Wente clone Zinfandel also was planted, as well as eight rows of Petit Verdot. All Kinsella Estates wines are produced from organically grown grapes -- grown without pesticides or herbicides.
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Dry Creek Valley

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A multifaceted and highly reputable sub-region of Sonoma, Dry Creek Valley is responsible for a wide range of wine styles—both red and white. One of the smallest AVAs in California, Dry Creek Valley has a winning combination of ideal geography and climate. Fertile, well-drained soils create concentrated varietal character while long, warm days, bookended by cool nights, allow grapes to reach full phenolic ripeness and balance. The warm and welcoming appellation is home to a number of family-owned vineyards and wineries that place a strong emphasis on sustainable farming practices.

Zinfandel reigns supreme here and still produces in a great number of very old vineyards—often 100 years old or older. These old vines create a powerful, voluptuous and sultry wine unlike those of any other region. Sauvignon Blanc, the valley’s signature white grape, also performs exceptionally well. Many other varieties grow comfortably here, including Cabernet Sauvignon, Grenache and Syrah. Petite Sirah is often found in blends with Zinfandel.

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Unapologetically bold, spice-driven and jammy, Zinfandel is often thought of as California’s flagship grape. And it fact it owns this title by having the ability to adapt to the states’ many microclimates and landscapes, producing unique expressions of the grape throughout. Zinfandel thrives in California’s Central Coast, as well throughout Sonoma County, parts of Napa Valley, the Sierra Foothills, Lodi and Paso Robles.

Zinfandel was born in Croatia and later made its way to southern Italy where it became known as Primitivo. The astute imperial nursery of Vienna collected specimens of the vine and acted as the source of its journey to New England, carried by George Gibbs circa 1829. Eventually, making its way to California around the Gold Rush of 1849, Zinfandel found its new home, parading the true American spirit.

In the Glass

Zinfandel commonly expresses powerful notes of dark plum, blackberry, sweet spice, dark chocolate and licorice. Very ripe examples may express a hint of dried fruit like raisin, fig or prune. But Zinfandel grown in cooler, coastal zones often expresses red fruit, black pepper and fresh herbal characteristics of juniper and menthol.

Perfect Pairings

Zinfandel is a powerfully flavored wine, mingling happily with bold food like brisket, lamb shanks, pork ribs or anything barbecued. More delicate Zins work with pork, lamb curry and even Ceasar Salad or Salad Nicoise.

Sommelier Secret

Thanks to its popularity both for home winemaking and as communion wine, many Zinfandel vines were able to survive prohibition, leading to the abundance of "old vine" Zinfandels. These low-yielding, ancient vines tend to produce wine that is deeply concentrated, delicately perfumed and decidedly complex.

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