Kelley & Young Wines
2011 Alexander Valley Zinfandel
Zinfandel •Robert Young Vineyards
California: Alexander Valley
The Lady is a Zin
We’ve had the great pleasure of featuring the delicious wines of Kelley & Young Wines since 2009. Each of their wines has thrilled us, but today’s 2011 Alexander Valley Zinfandel is especially intriguing. This wine is loaded with fantastic fruit and spice, with hints of mineral earthiness that all combine to give the wine great appeal.
The fruit for today’s wine hails from Robert Young Vineyards who have been farming in the Alexander Valley for 5 generations. This makes the Young family one of the oldest multi-generational grape growing and winemaking families in the nation. Their experience really shines through in all of their wines.
This young wine will benefit from decanting, but is really ready to enjoy now. Be sure to lay a few bottles down for the next couple of years as we suspect that the wine will see additional improvement.
Deep, dark garnet at its heart, with a lighter red ruby fringe around the glass.
A wonderful balance of fruit and earth, with grilled sweet plum, blackberry and black cherry laid against dried fall leaves, berry bramble, tobacco leaf, black peppercorn, and clove.
Elegant, refined, and very well rounded, with fruit notes of blackberry, boysenberry, and black cherry balanced with earth notes of cedar wood shavings, sweet tobacco leaf, dark chocolate, espresso bean, and toasted dark spices.
Subtle and smooth, with well integrated tannins and a lovely mouthfeel, this is an incredibly elegant representation of a California Zinfandel.
A Thai grilled beef salad, served with fresh lime, garlic, and cucumber.
What the Winery Says
Our Zinfandel is a beautiful expression of rich bramble berries and dark cherries. It has an extra long finish of bitter-sweet chocolate and spiced cedar. It is a perfect pairing to roasted beef, pork, or duck as well as aged cheeses, dried fruits and nuts.
- Jim Young
- Alexander Valley, Sonoma County, California
- Fruit Variety
- 96% Zinfandel, 4% Petite Sirah
- 20 months in 100% French oak
About the Winery
The grapes for our Zinfandel are grown at our Robert Young Vineyards in Alexander Valley in Sonoma County on a foothill block up against the Mayacama Mountain range. The grapes are carefully thinned to produce a balanced vine. We open the vine canopy to expose the clusters to proper sunlight and air exposure to improve the wine flavors and reduce disease pressure.
We pick the grapes cold, sort through each cluster discarding raisined and under ripened berries. We then cold soak the juice on the skins before fermentation which we allow to begin naturally with native yeasts. After fermentation, we gently press the wine and age in French oak barrels for 20 months. The resulting wine is a fruit forward, silky soft wine with flavors of wild bramble berry and dark cherry and a long memorable finish of bitter-sweet chocolate and toasty oak.
Winemaker Jim Young
Jim Young graduated from UC Davis with a BS in Viticulture in 1975 and has been in charge of the grape growing at his family’s Robert Young Vineyards for more than 30 years. In 2005 Jim worked with Kevin Warren, the winemaker for Robert Young Estate Winery, to produce the award winning first Sauvignon Blanc vintage for Kelley & Young. With the 2007 vintage he produced an award winning Sauvignon Blanc as well as an award winning Rose’. Because Jim was a viticulturist first and foremost, his wines highlight the grapes and the wonderful terroir of the Alexander Valley. His wines are fruit forward with long lasting finish and wonderful acidities which compliment the foods we love here in Sonoma County.