2014 Kokomo Dry Creek Valley Zinfandel

SKU #1294204 92 points Wine Enthusiast

 This impresses in graceful red berry, dried herb and wild vanilla, each component complementing the next. Well integrated and well made, this is a lengthy, complex and delicious wine that'll please a range of palates in search of moderate ripeness.  (10/2016)

Robert Parker's Wine Advocate

 The 2014 Zinfandel offers the briary, raspberry, more elegant side of Zinfandel, with controlled alcohol, medium body, and good purity of fruit and ripeness. Drink it over the next 5-7 years. (RP)  (3/2016)

Wine Spectator

 Bright and zesty, with cherry and fresh anise aromas and sleek, focused flavors of raspberry, white pepper and jalapeño. Drink now through 2021. 291 cases made. (Web Only, 2016)

K&L Notes

Aruba, Jamaica…Sonoma County. Okay, the Kokomo of Kokomo Winery doesn't refer to the Beach Boys song, but to winemaker Erik Miller's hometown in Indiana. Launched in 2004, Kokomo Winery focuses on wines from Dry Creek and Russian River Valley fruit.

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Staff Image By: Jordan Stone | K&L Staff Member | Review Date: 3/16/2017 | Send Email
If you’re looking to fire up the grill, then look no further. This shows exceptionally well in its clarity of color and flavors: the wine is ruby red, and I can still remember the flavors of red and black fruit, black spice, cola and tobacco, a richness that does not show as heavy in any way, and the long, refreshing finish. The wine was aged 11 months in French and Eastern European oak and has an ABV of 14.1%. If you are a Zinfandel fan, this is not to be missed!

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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

- 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.
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Sonoma County

- Second in fame only to Napa, this "other" valley offers just about every climate and topography imaginable. From its cool and fog-enshrouded coastal regions on the far west, to the sprawling Alexander Valley on the boarder of Napa and the many little dips and peaks in between, Sonoma has been a vital wine-grape-growing region since the mid 1800s. Important sub-AVAs include Chalk Hill (known for chardonnay and sauvignon blanc), Dry Creek Valley (where zin is king) Knights Valley (largely cabernet land), Russian River Valley and Sonoma Coast (both celebrated pinot and chardonnay zones).