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2004, Jenica Peak Zinfandel Coastal Series, Review 

Over All Rating - "Highest Recommendation"

Where we got it and how much it cost. 

At our local Albertson's with our plus card for 8.99

Where is this wine made. 

By Jenica Creek Vineyards in Kenwood California.  Kenwood is in the heart of Sonoma County wine country.


General Impression of Jenica Peak Zinfandel, 2004

The first thing you need to know about all Jenica Peak Wines is they are an exclusive private lable wine from Albertson's Grocery Store.  This may bring up thoughts of the relationship of Charles Shaw (two buck Chuck) and Trader Joe's if so put it out of your mind these wines are to Charles Shaw what Mid Grade Mondavi is to Boones Farm.

This is the first Jenica Peak wine I have formaly reviewed and it was an exceptional one.  Zinfandel being my favorite I am always looking out for sub ten dollar Zinfandels that are of good quality and I feel I have found a gem here.  Easy drinking for a full flavored Zin at only 12.5% alochol by volume this one does not over power you but doesn't leave you wanting much either.  I have been looking for a Red Zinfandel under 10 dollars that would stand toe to toe with Dancing Bull Zinfandel and I have found it.

If you like Zinfandels try this one I promise you will enjoy it.  No it is not a huge old vine wine you can age for 10 years but it is really nice and full of fruit and nicely balanced tannins.


What Flavors and Aromas are Most Dominant or Evident In This Wine?

The aromas are typical blackberry and blackcherry you expect from Zinfandel.  I also caught just a bit of leather, anise and some plumb.  Flavors are an awesome hedonistic fruit bomb of blackberries, currants, cherry and some nice undertones as well.  The finish is nice and long leaving some more earthy tones of coffee and even chocolate though they are way in the background.


What foods will this wine go well with?

Standard answer red meat.  This one is perfect for one of those big sizzeling steaks.  Entertaining a party with a light wine for reception, then something of more substance for a first course then looking for a big wine with steaks or lamb as a third course.  Pour this one and your guest will feel spoiled adn 


What's Grapes are In Jenica Peak  Zinfandel, 2004?

I can't find any information about this online but by law to lable an American wine "Zinfandel" it must be at least 75% Zin and I am sure it is higher then that.  I would guess there is a small touch of something else probally Merlot but again no way to confirm at this time.  Best guess on the Merlot would be under 10% and if someone told me it was 100% Zin it would not be hard to believe.


Will I keep it In My Wine Rack, If So How Much?

You bet a bottle or three laid up to see how it handles age.  I will deffinitely pour this one for my friends that like Zin and see what reaction it gets blind.


Who Is Going to Enjoy This Wine?

People that love big fruity reds.  No blush drinkers and no light wine drinkers, this is one for people that love and appreciate a fruit bomb with moderate to soft tannins.


What Does the Bottle or Vintners Web Site Say About this Wine?

From the Bottle: "See the glistening water streatching to the horizon, and the brilliant colors of the sunset, changing by the minute.  Hear the call of seabirds, and the breeze fading to silence.  Feel the warmth of the late day sun, and the sea breeze against your face.

Taste Jenica Peak.

A true sense of California".


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