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2011 Kenwood Jack London Vineyard Zinfandel 

Sonoma Mountain, California

Retail $17-$20

If you're searching for a wine for a Fourth of July barbecue, look for one made from the grape that America calls its own: zinfandel. Fruit for this wine, a classic representation of Sonoma's diverse and exceptional terroirs, is sourced from hillside vineyards once owned by Jack London and originally planted more than a century ago. The viticultural area's climatic conditions and long, cool growing season encourage the development of the wine's characteristic complexity, distinctive flavors, balance and well-rounded tannins. A blend of 90 percent zinfandel and 10 percent syrah, the wine offers aromas of raspberry, blackberry, vanilla and white pepper. On the palate, taste savory and sweet spice flavors with cherry, blueberry, herbal hints, brambly notes and well-structured tannins leading to a lingering finish. Decant 30 minutes before serving. Drink it with barbecue, pizza, grilled and roasted meats, osso buco, tomato-based dishes and chocolate. Buy it at: Dorignac's, Acquistapace's Covington Supermarket and Rouses Markets on Baronne Street, N. Carrollton Avenue and Power Boulevard. Drink it at: Morton's, Muriel's, Bayou Beer Garden, Sapphire and Impastato Cellars.

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