Kelley & Young Wines
2011 Alexander Valley Zinfandel
Zinfandel •Robert Young Vineyards
California: Sonoma County: 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
- Jim Young
- Alexander Valley, Sonoma County, California
- Fruit Variety
- 96% Zinfandel, 4% Petite Sirah
- 20 months in 100% French oak