Aged nine months in American oak, this wine is primarily Zinfandel with small amounts of Barbera, Syrah, Sangiovese and Petite Sirah added. Blackberry fruit, black currants and plumy flavors with a touch of pepper follow inviting aromas of burnt cherry with just a whiff of spice. The finish falls off somewhat, but the soft, sweet tannins, good structure and forward fruit more than compensate. You might want to pour it a half hour before drinking to allow the alcohol on the backside to blow off. Good with barbecue, smoked pork tenderloin, Cajun, Asian and Italian cuisines. Where to buy it:
Cork & Bottle, all Sav-A-Centers, Winn-Dixie on Tchoupitoulas Street, Dorignac's, Langenstein's (Metairie location) and Acquistapace's Covington Super Market. Where to drink it:
Upperline and Mr. Gyros. (Listings current at press time.)'
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