Winemaker Joel Peterson’s wallet-friendly zin is in good form in 2012, with additions of syrah, petite and other mixed blacks building meaty savor into its warming, slightly jammy texture. It’s a heady red for barbecue.
85 Points Wine & Spirits
A rich, red-colored wine with violet hues, redolent of plums and cherries. Round in the mouth with a touch of truffle and vanilla. The ideal wine for grilled meat. It also combines very well with pasta, mild to spicy cuisine and semi-hard cheeses such as Gouda, Edam or Gruyere.
Classic aromas of blackberry, cherry, and dry herb notes are wrapped by toasted vanilla and soft, mouth-filling tannins. It's elegant and supple. Food Pairing: A fun start or end to any meal or gathering. Also enjoyed with grilled rack of lamb or rich lentil salad. Winery
This red blend has ripe tannins and a dusty core of leather that frame rich red fruit on the palate. A partnership between singer Dave Matthews and winemaker Steve Reeder of Simi Winery in Healdsburg, it’s fairly priced and accessible, with moderate alcohol and a soft, medium-weight body. It contains mostly Cabernet Sauvignon and Merlot.
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