Kunde Family Estate 'The Judge and Jury' Sonoma County Red Blend 2013
By Zach Long
This signature bold and rich Zinfandel blend features Sonoma’s esteemed Kunde Vineyards and is beyond spectacular with prior vintages bringing consistently high scoring accolades from our customers. Winemaker Zach Long has one of the most impressive resumes in the business and he has done a sensational job with this wine, it is the ultimate signature big Zinfandel blend. Long has made a ton of 90 plus wines as the top honcho at Napa’s Girard Winery. Fans of Orin Swift’s the Prisoner will absolutely fall in love with this wine. In fact, we’re very confident that this wine has an even more gorgeous taste profile, it’s that good!
By Jonathan H. Newman*
Zach Long’s 'The Judge and Jury' Sonoma 2013 Red Blend
UNIT SIZE: 750.00 ml
VARIETAL: Red Blend
GRAPE: Zinfandel, Cabernet Sauvignon, Merlot, Syrah
COUNTRY: United States
REGION: Sonoma County
ALCOHOL CONTENT: 15.10%
This is a very big and juicy Zinfandel blend from talented winemaker Zach Long. It is primarily from Kunde’s Estate Vineyards and it also has Cabernet Sauvignon with touches of Syrah and Merlot. 2013 marks back-to-back beautiful vintages in the Sonoma Valley with great ripening conditions. An inky purple hue. There is no mistaking this nose for a bold, flavorful Zinfandel with its distinctive mix of black and red fruit, with licorice, vanilla oak and cinnamon spice. A juicy, mouth watering palate of primarily dark red fruit with touches of black fruit including dark cherry, black raspberry, blueberry, and plum with sweet oak, and a spice box. Pair with a Strip Steak Pizzaiola, Veal Parmesan, Mushroom Risotto, Irish stew and Baby Back Ribs in a savory sauce.
By Kunde Family Estate
2013 'The Judge and Jury' Red Blend Sonoma County
Varietals: Cabernet Sauvignon, Merlot, Zinfandel, Syrah
The Kunde Family Estate vineyards, located in the heart of the Sonoma Valley, creates the foundation for this unique blend. The base is further accented with grapes sourced from renowned premium wine regions in Sonoma County, including Dry Creek and Alexander Valley. 2013 was a warm and even growing season which enhanced the ripening of the fruit to create bold and intense flavors. This unique blend of Cabernet Sauvignon, Merlot, Zinfandel, and Syrah creates a dynamic flavor profile for those of you who enjoy a varietal blend....you be the Judge and Jury!
The 2013 Judge & Jury artfully combines the intense fruit flavors and tannic qualities of Cabernet Sauvignon, the softness and body of Merlot, and the spice of Zinfandel and Syrah into its own unique style. The blend was aged in 20% new oak, both French and American cooperage, to add toasty, nutty characteristics to the wine and further soften and lengthen the tannins.
The nose bursts with rich red and black fruit aromas with a touch of earthy spice. The fruitiness carries through to the palate where pepper spice, anise, and hints of cinnamon and mushroom add a lovely earthiness. The tannins are smooth and perfectly balanced by a nice acidity that makes this a very food-friendly wine. It pairs wonderfully with pasta Bolognese, a juicy steak, or strong cheeses such as Pecorino Romano or Dubliner.
Winemaker, Zach Long
Zach Long, who comes to Kunde Family Estate from Napa Valley’s Girard Winery, brings a wealth of international and domestic winemaking experience. A graduate of the University of California at Davis in Viticulture and Enology, Long has experienced winemaking in some of the world’s most acclaimed wine regions including Bordeaux, France, Tauranga, New Zealand, and the Napa Valley. His most recent experience, at Napa Valley’s Girard Winery, allowed him to focus solely on ultra premium red and white wines and to develop his expressive winemaking style, which he describes as “terroir-driven with minimalist intervention.” “Kunde Family Estate is one of the most unique properties in the Sonoma Valley and the quality of its estate-grown, sustainably farmed fruit is a winemaker’s dream,” said Long. “My goal is to not only produce the absolute best terroir-driven wines possible, but to also uphold the legacy of the Kunde family by letting the vineyards speak through each bottle of wine I craft.”
[Information provided by J.H.N.]
*Jonathan Newman was Wine Enthusiasts’ Man of the Year. He also was Chairman of the Pennsylvania Liquor Control Board, and received national recognition in Marvin Shanken’s Market Watch Magazine and many other international wine publications. He was also awarded the Guild of Sommeliers highest honor, the Distinguished Service Award. Mr. Newman's reviews have been published and quoted extensively online and in print. He travels extensively to many of the major wine growing regions and evaluates many of the wines we source from smaller and boutique wineries. We interact closely with him and the result is his rejection rate of over 96% of the wines evaluated.