Kuhlman Cellars

Escondido Valley Zinfandel

9.03 ratings
9.21 pro ratings
Texas, USA
Zinfandel
Top Notes For
Charles Rivas

Texas. Wow. Very impressed. Warmer climate Zin with rich fruit notes but stays away from the jammy-ness that can come out of the same price point in California.

Texas. Wow. Very impressed. Warmer climate Zin with rich fruit notes but stays away from the jammy-ness that can come out of the same price point in California.

Apr 28th, 2016
Mark Flesher

I really want to like this wine. I will say that this has definitely changed, but I'm not so sure that the overall score changes much for me (last note was 8.9 for different reasons). This is not a zin that is true to form. I get tart fruit here, and plum. I don't think either of those characteristics belongs in a zin. I am happy with the weight, structure, and finish of this wine. It is a well made wine which is made by a winemaker that is to be respected. But the wine just doesn't do it. More reminiscent of zinfandel via the nose, which is a little bit brambly in characteristic, some flowers, some black and purple fruits. But the entry is sharp, tart, plum, some raisin, fig, earthy middle, acidic finish which has a mild tannin. Definitely wouldn't kick it out of the bed for eating crackers, but I would have guessed that this was a mixed grapes wine that was headed downhill maybe a touch.

I really want to like this wine. I will say that this has definitely changed, but I'm not so sure that the overall score changes much for me (last note was 8.9 for different reasons). This is not a zin that is true to form. I get tart fruit here, and plum. I don't think either of those characteristics belongs in a zin. I am happy with the weight, structure, and finish of this wine. It is a well made wine which is made by a winemaker that is to be respected. But the wine just doesn't do it. More reminiscent of zinfandel via the nose, which is a little bit brambly in characteristic, some flowers, some black and purple fruits. But the entry is sharp, tart, plum, some raisin, fig, earthy middle, acidic finish which has a mild tannin. Definitely wouldn't kick it out of the bed for eating crackers, but I would have guessed that this was a mixed grapes wine that was headed downhill maybe a touch.

Apr 5th, 2018
Mark Flesher

Poured from Coravin, this wine with medium density was a little bit of a plum and spiced fruitcake heavy zin. Entry was a bit tart. Probably the first Texas Zinfandel therefore I'm not so sure what is "true to the variety" here. Plum, black licorice, spiced fruitcake, tar, sweet tobacco on the front, with a middle that is a bit sweeter and a little less tart, mostly a raspberry pie and cigar box. Finishes with minimal tannin, perhaps a little softer on the palate than I thought. Definitely weighted more to the front. Can't say that I was enamored by this wine, but glad I have a couple more so that I can see how it might change.

Poured from Coravin, this wine with medium density was a little bit of a plum and spiced fruitcake heavy zin. Entry was a bit tart. Probably the first Texas Zinfandel therefore I'm not so sure what is "true to the variety" here. Plum, black licorice, spiced fruitcake, tar, sweet tobacco on the front, with a middle that is a bit sweeter and a little less tart, mostly a raspberry pie and cigar box. Finishes with minimal tannin, perhaps a little softer on the palate than I thought. Definitely weighted more to the front. Can't say that I was enamored by this wine, but glad I have a couple more so that I can see how it might change.

Feb 7th, 2018