2007 Kunin "Westside" Paso Robles Zinfandel

SKU #1045067

90 points from Stephen Tanzer's International Wine Cellar:"Deep ruby. Ripe cherry and dark berry aromas, with notes of licorice and spicy herbs gaining power with air. A big boy but surprisingly graceful (especially in light of its stated 15.6% alcohol), with sexy candied cherry and blackberry flavors and supple tannins. Spicy oak carries through the long, sappy finish." (Nov/Dec '09) Kunin's "Westside" Zin comes from Cushman and Rancho Santa Margarita in Paso Robles, and is aged for 10 months in a combination of French and American oak. This is a forward style of Zin, with lots of bright red fruit and cookie spices on the nose. But this also has a lot more acidity than most modern Zins, which keeps the fruit from seeming overdone or Port-like. Medium-grained tannins give the wine nice structure and elegance. Pair this with duck confit or Santa Rosa-style barbecue.

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 By: GZ |  Review Date: 4/4/2010 
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A smooth, opulent Zin with cherry and spice notes.

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Varietal:

Zinfandel

- 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.
Country:

United States

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Sub-Region:

California

- 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.
Specific Appellation:

Paso Robles

- Located about halfway between San Francisco and Los Angeles, this inland AVA enjoys a sunny and hot growing period while its seaside neighbors hang in the fog. Zinfandel is the traditional red grape of choice, though cabernet, chardonnay, and Rhône varietals are gaining favor. Most are made in a fruit-forward, early drinking style.
Alcohol Content (%): 15.6