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Shenandoah Zinfandel Spec Reserve 2007

Editorial Review by Gregory Dal Piaz:

Subtle and soft blackberries, peach and black plum skins contrast with a hint of baking spice and coconutty oak tones on the nose. Very sweetly fruited entry, nice balance with good acidity and very soft tannins give the moderately spicy but very fruity style with a soft, friendly feel. Full of sweet, vanilla toned black plum and blackberry fruit, on the short finish. Classic Amador Zin though. 86 pts

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Shenandoah Vineyards:
Shenandoah Vineyards and Sobon Estate are family-owned wineries with a 32-year reputation for producing the best possible wines using low-yield viticulture and minimum intervention wine making techniques. Sobon Family Wines emphasize high fruit and low tannins, and are made with our own sustainably-grown grapes. They reflect the unique Shenandoah Valley terroir, resulting in a richness and i... Read more
Shenandoah Vineyards and Sobon Estate are family-owned wineries with a 32-year reputation for producing the best possible wines using low-yield viticulture and minimum intervention wine making techniques. Sobon Family Wines emphasize high fruit and low tannins, and are made with our own sustainably-grown grapes. They reflect the unique Shenandoah Valley terroir, resulting in a richness and intensity rarely seen elsewhere. Award-winning Sobon wines are distributed nationally. Both wineries are open daily for wine tasting in the picturesque Amador County near Plymouth, CA. Read less

Editorial Reviews for Shenandoah Zinfandel Spec Reserve

Snooth User: Gregory Dal Piaz
89065217,192
3.00 5
07/31/2009

Subtle and soft blackberries, peach and black plum skins contrast with a hint of baking spice and coconutty oak tones on the nose. Very sweetly fruited entry, nice balance with good acidity and very soft tannins give the moderately spicy but very fruity style with a soft, friendly feel. Full of sweet, vanilla toned black plum and blackberry fruit, on the short finish. Classic Amador Zin though. 86 pts


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Snooth User: solomania9
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3.00 5
07/31/2009

Jammy with a smidge of spice. Slightly lean in the mouth and a slightly chalky finish. This is pretty good.

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  • Snooth User: JamesR
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    3.00 5
    04/26/2009

    A good average zinfandel. It had the classic spiciness without the jamminess of recent years. It was a little lacking in body. A good choice for those who don't like the heavy wines but want a lot of flavor.


    External Reviews for Shenandoah Zinfandel Spec Reserve

    External Review
    05/18/2011

    Spicy, with black pepper, rhubarb, strawberry and vanilla, ending with just a hint of cayenne. Perfect for barbecues and braised meats. A delicious value in California Zin, grab this while it's caliente!


    External Review
    05/18/2011

    Juicy and appealingly rustic, with notes of loamy cherry, white pepper and cola. Drink now.


    External Review
    05/18/2011

    Shenandoah stands up to the pricier California Zinfandels beautifully, with a deliciously full body of juicy plum, blackberry and black cherry fruits. Hints of vanilla and creamy oak are seductively subtle and offset the heavy fruit nicely. Shenandoah is owned by the Sobon family, so trust in their superior Zin-making abilities and try a bottle of this fantastic bargain today. It just might become your favorite, as it did for me.


    External Review
    05/18/2011

    You can't beat the price. It's distinctly Amador, with that taste of ripe, briary red and black berries growing on thorn bushes hidden in the mountain scrub. Throw in a chocolaty edge, and total dryness, and you've got a great barbecue wine.


    External Review
    05/18/2011

    Shenandoah Zinfandel is one of my favorite wines, for a variety of reasons. It is made from organically-grown grapes in a winery that is overseen by the Sobon family, a famed Zinfandel-growing estate in California. It is consistently delicious, with bright, jammy fruit, hints of spice and vanilla, and a heavy, luscious body. And last but not least, I consistently recommend it because it is one of the best values in the store. I love pairing it with barbecue, and I've tried it with chocolate-based desserts with great results.


    External Review
    05/18/2011

    Wake up die-hard Merlot fans and sample this lush, berry-packed full-bodied red. Nothing like its commercially successful knock-off white Zin, this is a powerful, yet beautifully smooth red - unwrap the chocolate and pour a glass! Produced by hometown boy Paul Sobon from his all organic vineyards.


    External Review
    05/18/2011

    Here's a big, jammy mountain Zin, ripe in blackberry, cherry and mocha flavors, with a balance of acids and tannins that makes it clean and gulpable. It finishes a little sweet, and will be perfect with barbecue-sauced meats and poultry.


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