AG Pick Under $20: 2007 Kokomo Zinfandel

When you want to get away from it all — or when you want a full-bodied red wine — open a bottle of the 2007 Kokomo Sonoma County Zinfandel.

Though the name may conjure up images of a tropical island, it is totally unrelated to the Beach Boys song.  The California winery is named after Kokomo, Indiana, the hometown of owner and winemaker Erik Miller.  That’s a coastal cypress tree you see on the label, not a palm tree.  It signifies Miller’s move west, where he started the winery in 2004.

Kokomo Winery is located in the Dry Creek Valley, a place renowned for Zinfandel.  The winery’s goal is to produce ultra-premium wines from the finest vineyards in Sonoma County — something they definitely achieved with the 2007 Zinfandel.

The wine is 96% Zinfandel and 4% Petite Sirah, with the Zinfandel coming from three vineyards in Sonoma County.  The wine is aged in 30% new French and American oak.

Deep purple-magenta in color, the wine has intense aromas of black fruit, leather and smoke.  Jammy flavors of blackberry, plum, cherry cola and raspberry mingle with layers of black pepper, allspice and dark chocolate.  Lush and velvety in the mouth, the flavors culminate in a long, lingering finish that has a hint of wood smoke.  Full and earthy, this wine is one you’ll want to savor — but so good you’ll need to remind yourself to sip it slowly.

Enjoy the Zinfandel with steak, lamb, hamburgers or smoked red meats.

A bottle of the 2007 Kokomo Sonoma County Zinfandel costs $18.

14.1% alcohol by volume