2005 License Zinfandel

SKU #1053656

California winemaker Joel Gott is behind this cheapie wonder, and though we question the name, we have little doubt as to this Zinfandel's merits! Pick a berry, any berry, it's in there, along with a mouthfilling array of spices and warm, toasty notes that most of us associate with wines costing three times as much.

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Price: $5.99

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By: John Majeski |  K&L Staff Member  |  Review Date: 1/26/2010  | Send Email
This wine, from accomplished Zin expert Joel Gott, showed up a few years ago in many stores retailing for around 10bucks, which was still a great buy, but at $5.99 today it's almost a "license" to steal without resorting to cheap clown masks or badly-scrawled ransom notes. This tasty Zinfandel blend, sourced from select vineyards throughout the state, reveals signature brambly fruit and spices, the perfect enjoyable wine to complement hot-out-of-the-oven New York-style pizza and a good flick on a rainy Wednesday night.

 By: PaloAltoGuy |  Review Date: 4/28/2010 
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Maybe I got a bad bottle but this was close to the worst bottle of wine I have ever purchased, and certainly the worst from K&L.

 By: principalchef |  Review Date: 3/31/2010 
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Plenty good for $5.99. Not as full as I like, but way more than I expect for price. Good flavors. Great for a bbq, not bad indoors either!

Additional Information:

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

- 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.
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.
Alcohol Content (%): 13.8