Wine Wednesday: Kenwood Jack London Vineyard Zinfandel 2012 ($20)

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This Week In Red Wine: Kenwood Jack London Vineyard Zinfandel 2012 ($20)

“Located on Sonoma Mountain… the [Jack London] grapes… produce an excellent…  Zinfandel.” ~ Winery Notes


Wine Ratings & Awards

Grape Certified Gold Medal – 2016

San Francisco Chronicle Wine Competition – Silver Medal (2014)

Wine & Spirits – 93 Points (2014)

Wine Enthusiast – 91 Points (2014)

Best Wines Under $20 – 2016

Best Cheap Wines of the Year – 2016


Wine Review

Kenwood vineyards was birthed in 1970 – located in the heart of Sonoma Valley wine region, it is dedicated to producing premium wines that represent the very core of Sonoma County’s world-class vineyards. The grapes are sourced from dozens of vineyards – many farmed sustainably – in Sonoma County’s best appellations, which include: Russian River Valley, Alexander Valley, Dry Creek Valley, Sonoma Valley, and Sonoma Mountain.  Each lot is kept separate throughout the winemaking process enabling the winemaker to bring it to its fullest potential. The result, consistent quality wines that are all consistently delicious, sip after sip.

Since the mid 1970’s, Kenwood Vineyards has been the exclusive producer of wines from the historic single vineyards of the famous Jack London Ranch, in Sonoma Valley. Some of the best award-winning Cabernet Sauvignon, Zinfandel, Merlot and Syrah wines are produced from the distinct red, volcanic soil vineyards. As for the dramatic wolf head logo, it was the iconic logo for many of Jack London’s bookplates, for many of his novels, and serves as an emblem of the character of these unique wines.

The highly acclaimed, 2012 Kenwood Jack London Vineyard Zinfandel, offers fruity aromas of raspberry and fig, combined with subtle notes of vanilla and white pepper. Delicate, well-structured tannins provide an elegant mouth feel and a long flavorful finish. Wine & Spirits, wrote the following review, “Blink and you might miss this wine: its rosy, relatively pale color doesn’t call attention to itself. At first the fruit feels light and a bit brittle, but the tannins turn more lithe with air, carrying woodland aromas that seem to put you right in the vineyard, amid Sonoma Mouintain’s bay laurel, madrone and mossy stands of live oak, the fruit bright red and cheerfully pure. Try the 2012 Kenwood Jack London Vineyard Zinfandel with wood-roasted wild mushrooms. ”

 “Grab this Zin now. It’s that good a value. Dry, medium-bodied and spicy, it has luscious wild blueberry, cherry, briary herb, vanilla, cola and toast flavors, wrapped into silky tannins for drinking now.” – Wine Enthusiast

Store the 2012 Kenwood Jack London Vineyard Zinfandel for a couple of years or enjoy a bottle of this wine tonight. For those who are interested in pairing this zealous Zinfandel with food, try pairing it with: Coca-Cola bbq ribs, grilled chicken teriyaki, or THE GRAPE’s Bacon-Wrapped Turkey Meatloaf. Another great alternative is a hearty vegetarian stew.


Wine Region: Sonoma Valley, California

Wine Grapes: 90% Zinfandel, 10% Syrah

Style: Full-bodied, Complex & Silky

Drinks Like: Rombauer Vineyards Zinfandel 2014 ($30), The Prisoner Wine Co. Zinfandel 2014 ($45)


Food & Wine Pairings: Bacon-Wrapped Turkey Meatloaf – Click To View Recipe

Bacon Wrapped Turkey Meatloaf With Wine - THEGRAPE

Also try these delicious recipes: Coca-Cola BBQ RibsGrilled Chicken Teriyaki Kebobs and Hearty Veggie Stew.

We hope you enjoyed this Wine Wednesday red wine review. We’re not only confident you’ll enjoy today’s Grape Certified Gold wine recommendation but we’re excited for you to try this 2012 Kenwood Jack London Vineyard Zinfandel food and wine recipe pairing! If you enjoyed this post don’t forget to like it above and join the discussion by leaving a rating and a comment below. Thanks and we’ll see you next week for another edition of Wine Wednesday and Food & Wine Friday. Cheers!

Kenwood Jack London Vineyard Zinfandel 2012
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Grape Certified Gold

The 2012 Kenwood Jack London Vineyard Zinfandel is a delicious red wine and is rated Grape Certified Gold by THE GRAPE. The 2012 Kenwood Jack London Vineyard Zinfandel is an affordable ‘high-quality’ wine. Enjoy this Zinfandel on a cool night, with friends and family, a spread of your favorite foods, with soft tunes in the playing background, and capped by S’mores on an open fire pit. The sultry blend of dark raspberry, blackberry, and cherry play well with vanilla and chocolate notes that permeate the palate and offer a lingering silky finish. This Grape Certified Gold wine has become one of my favorite Zins from Paso Robles. Visit to learn more about this award winning wine and its delicious food & wine pairings.

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