2012 Russian River Valley Zinfandel
California: Sonoma County: Russian River Valley
When we first learned about winemaker Petar Kirlov it was by virtue of his winemaking talents at Meadowcroft Winery, one of the most popular of the smaller wineries that we showcase. Petar’s work there yielded some of the most interesting and most delicious wines of their kind. When we found out that Petar had his own small label, Kukeri, we jumped at the chance to sample.
Today’s Kukeri Wines 2012 Russian River Valley Zinfandel is a big, bold and juicy wine that is smooth and delicious from beginning to end. We grabbed up every last case that we could but at today’s price, the wine won’t last the day.
Dark purple plum with ruby edges.
Bold blackberry and black cherry leap from the glass. These are followed by sweet cherry cordial, cranberry, cherry candy, dusty bramble, pipe tobacco, sweet spice and toasty oak.
Juicy and bursting with flavors of smoky cherry, cranberry, blackberry preserve, blueberry, bramble, dried fall leaves, dark tobacco leaf, sweet oak, caramelized sugar and sweet spice.
Extended, plush and warm, with chewy tannins that give the wine a solid feel on the palate.
This is the quintessential BBQ wine! Enjoy with sauce-slathered anything or an herb rubbed beer can chicken.
What the Winery Says
- Petar Kirilov
- 95% Zinfandel, 2% Petite Sirah, 1.8% Carignane, 1.2% Alicante Bo
- 30 months
- 100% French oak
- Russian River Valley, Sonoma County