2007 Shenandoah Vineyards "Special Reserve" Amador Zinfandel

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Another beautiful zinfandel from the folks at Shenandoah Vineyards in Amador County! There's plenty of fruit, moderate tannins and juicy acidity harmonizing like the Beach Boys. Lower in alcohol than many modern zins (14.2%), this is light enough to enjoy with a good burger at lunch, but complex enough for the evening's braised short ribs over parsnip puree.

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Staff Image By: Jeffrey Jones | K&L Staff Member | Review Date: 10/12/2009 | Send Email
The Shenandoah Zinfandel is one of the best buys in wine from California because it offers so much flavor for the money. This wine is medium bodied but full of yummy Zinfandel fruit. Not a big fruit bomb, it should still please Zinfandel fans. The Shenandoah Zin. has one more thing going for it, and that is that it is made with organic grapes.

Staff Image By: Jacques Moreira | K&L Staff Member | Review Date: 7/1/2009 | Send Email
Have you ever heard that Zinfandels pair very well with BBQ? Although this is true, what the adage fails to take in consideration is that usually when we are doing a BBQ it is also very hot! That's when the Shenandoah comes into play. With all the spiciness of a Zinfandel minus the heaviness and the heat. Now I am talking about a great BBQ wine! Viva Le Summer!

Staff Image By: Keith Mabry | K&L Staff Member | Review Date: 11/24/2008 | Send Email
This is an outstanding entry-level zinfandel. There is wonderfully spicy fruit with a strawberry blackberry compote character.

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- The bid to name Zinfandel California's "State Varietal" may have failed, but this red wine grape, grown extensively in California since the mid-1800s, is grown in few other places in the world. Sadly, much of what's cultivated today is planted where it's too hot and flat. But when planted to well-drained, hillside vineyards that are warm but not too hot, like those in Sonoma County's Dry Creek Valley and Amador County in the Sierra Foothills, Zinfandel can produce wines with plenty of character. High in natural alcohol and tannin, grown carefully it can be rich and complex, with dark fruit berry fruit and peppery spice. The most known example of Zinfandel outside of California is Italy's Primitivo, which can be similar in style, but is often a bit lighter and less alcoholic than West Coast examples.

United States

- When people consider domestic wine, they normally think about the state of California. The fine viticultural Region within California, including the Napa Valley, Sonoma, Santa Cruz Mountains, Mendocino and Santa Barbara, are capable of growing grapes of world-class quality. But there's plenty of fabulous wine coming from other states, too. Oregon, Washington and New York are also causing eyebrows (and glassware) to be raised around the world. Click for a list of bestselling items from the United States.


- With the explosive growth that California's wine industry has seen the past several years, it's easy to view winemaking and grape growing in the Golden State as a recent phenomenon. And while it's true that California's viticultural history is brief compared to several European countries, this state's roots date back well over 200 years. Due to the enormous response to California wine within the United States and worldwide, there are thousands of excellent and diverse wines being produced within the state each year. For our entire selection of California wines, please visit this link.
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Sierra Foothills/El Dorado

- This sweeping inland territory (an AVA on its own right), encompassing El Dorado, Fiddletown, Shenandoah and Amador, has been on the grape-growing map since the Gold Rush. With the exception of high-altitude El Dorado, the vineyards here are sun-baked and hot—in other words, best suited to old-vine zinfandel, petit sirah and Rhône varietals. The cooler climes of El Dorado are ideal for cabernet, chardonnay and merlot.
Alcohol Content (%): 14.4