Editorial Reviews for Kenwood Jack London Zinfandel Sonoma County
There’s a distinct wet dog, horse blanket note on the nose at first, with an interesting array of juniper, eucalyptus, pepper, cocoa and mineral aromas. Rather small on entry but then this gains volume in the mouth quite quickly. The fruit is slow to emerge, but unfolds with a surprisingly black cherry/black raspberry vein of flavors. This is downright restrained in the mouth and almost elegant with gentle suggestions of cocoa, earth and vanilla across the mid-palate and a tight, slightly drying cocoa tinged finish with a slightly minty finale. This is not fruit-driven and may disappoint some palates, but I find it to be surprisingly good. 91pts
alcohol, brambly fruit, smoke, oak, vanilla, sweet, fresh yet a touch jammy black raspberry fruit, nice touch of woodsy herb and leather top note. It’s complex but a little clumsy on the nose. In the mouth this is fairly smooth and showing just a little youthful aggressiveness. Tannins are mild and integrated, balanced by very fine acidity. There’s a little leather on the attack followed by fruit with notes of vanilla and milk chocolate edging the slightly bitter cherry fruit, which reveals a touch of herb and spice on the finish, which is a bit short and hot. 87pts
Big, hot wine, spicy with puckering acidity, dark plum flavors and a long finish.
Smoky, lots of oak, dry on the nose, but sweet on the tongue, with strong acidity. Aromatics include cherries, blackberries, blueberries, cashews, hazelnuts, some florals as well. The acidity and tannins give it great length, but the former is a bit too much. The aftertaste gets kind of spent quickly, and seems too sweet and fruity. Still enjoyable to drink.
Moderate amount of oak and vanilla in the nose, with a little bit of citrus in the aroma and entering the palate, soft vanilla texture.
Nose is a bit hot and a bit dim but everything lights up in the mouth with huge vibrant round jam. Pretty singularly focused with all that jam and it stays consistently jammy all throughout the finish. Tiny tiny bit of spice on the finish. Lots of fun.
- Tasted at Total Wine & More 3/20/10
If you enjoy a zinfandel that is jammy, but not too fruity and one that is smooth to the end, this is your number. We like to find zinfandels in the $20 range that are drinkable with our without food. This one works.
Spicy and acidic. Sweet and jammy. Not bad.
External Reviews for Kenwood Jack London Zinfandel Sonoma County
Rich aromas of ripe raspberries, cherries and hints of vanilla blend with robust body and red fruit flavors; smooth tannins and a long finish.The wild berry and spice flavors of this rich and elegant Zinfandel are a perfect complement to tomato sauce dishes, grilled fish and steak, and rich chocolate desserts.
Fresh and juicy, with appealing raspberry and underbrush aromas and zesty cherry, grilled anise and white pepper flavors. Drink now through 2015.
A beautiful Zinfandel, lusty and smooth, that takes the variety's rustic, wild berry, tobacco, anise, herb and pepper flavors and makes them as elegant as Zinfandel gets. Strong, grippy tannins call for a salty, peppery flank steak.
A solid Zinfandel to toss back with ribs, chicken, pork chops or a grilled steak. It's dry, full-bodied and tannic, with peppery flavors of blackberries and currants.
Food Pairings for Kenwood Jack London Zinfandel Sonoma County
Concentrated aromas of blueberry, elderberry, cedar smoke and spearmint attest to the 2007 Kenwood Vineyards Jack London Vineyard Zinfandel’s mountain origin. Mouthfilling raspberry and blueberry flavors open to reveal spice and cocoa notes. Density and weight combine with integrated tannins to keep the palate polished through the lingering finish.
Notes: French and American oak barrels
|Total Acidity: 6.54 grams per liter|
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