Kendall-Jackson Collage Zinfandel-Shiraz 2002

Kendall Jackson Collage Zinfandel ShirazPrice: $9
Maker: Kendall-Jackson
Variety: Zinfandel
Packaging: bottle, artificial cork
Our Rating: 8.5 out of 10

We found Kendall-Jackson Collage Zinfandel-Shiraz 2002 on the wine shop shelf last week – if I was forced to choose favorite reds, Zin would be at the top of the list, followed by Shiraz, so this was an appealing combination. Popping the cork yielded an exceptionally fragrant wine, with a spicy aroma with hints of vanilla and ripe berries. On the palate, this wine is medium bodied, with a pleasingly complex mix of oak, spice, and blackberry. The finish lingers pleasantly. Surprisingly, for a blend that’s 76% Zinfandel and 24% Shiraz, this Collage wine doesn’t lean heavily toward the sweet, heavy fruit so common in less expensive Zins. Rather, it’s nicely jammy, but the fruit is hardly overwhelming.

This is a wine that can be served with many kinds of food, or enjoyed alone. It’s robust enough to match with meats, but won’t entirely overpower lighter fare. Oddly, the Kendall-Jackson website doesn’t mention this wine.

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