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Wine of the week: 2015 Pozin Zinfandel 

California

Retail $10-$16

Armida Winery's owners, brothers Steve and Bruce Cousins, are having fun with Poizin, which they describe as a "wine to die for." On their seven-acre estate in Sonoma, California, they craft several types of Poizin, and the winery offers a wooden case shaped like a coffin. (The winery also makes a pinot grigio called Antidote.) A blend of more than 98 percent zinfandel, a small amount of petit syrah and a touch of black malvasia grapes were sourced from Sonoma and Lodi vineyards. The fruit was destemmed, and the varietals fermented separately in temperature-controlled stainless steel fermenters. After blending, the wine was racked into a mix of new and used American oak barrels and Hungarian casks. In the glass, the wine exhibits aromatics of black plum, anise, cranberry, a touch of oak and black pepper. On the palate, taste spice, herbal tones, black tea, black cherry, blackberry and firm tannins. Decant 15 minutes before serving. Drink it with barbecue, rare steaks, chili, pizza, burgers, grilled or roasted meats and sausages. Buy it at: Cost Plus World Market, Acquistapace's Wine & Cheese, Saia's Super Meat Market and Rouses on Highway 22 in Mandeville.

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