2008 Shenandoah Vineyards "Special Reserve" Amador Zinfandel

SKU #1052180

A Best Buy, Wine Enthusiast: "A good, rich, spicy Zin that shows loads of character at a great price. Full-bodied and bone dry, it bursts with blackberry, tobacco, dark chocolate and pepper flavors." (05/10) This is classic Amador Zin - tons of fruit, nice acidity and medium-weight tannins. This is complex and fresh enough to pair with most meals. And it's made with organic grapes. A great Zin at a great price.

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By: Mike Parres | K&L Staff Member | Review Date: 2/10/2010 | Send Email
I have sold this wine over the course of 20 years now. Some vintages are better than others, and I find this one of their best! Great value and classic Amador County Zinfandel.

By: Patty Torrel | K&L Staff Member | Review Date: 1/24/2010 | Send Email
This is not your big SUV Zinfandel! With all the traditional characteristics Zin lovers want minus the heavy handed fruit and alcohol, this value driven beauty is extremely versatile for food pairings. This more “genteel” style Zin is an ideal choice for picnic fair—it will compliment without overpowering.

By: Steve Bearden | K&L Staff Member | Review Date: 12/31/2009 | Send Email
This has been our best selling Zinfandel for several years now and it's still only 10 bucks. This has the big fruit component you associate with Amador Zin but without the huge, jammy body that can overwhelm many foods. Medium weight, fresh, complex and organic, this is a no-brainer for parties, informal get-togethers and any Tuesday night.

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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.


- 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.
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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