Wine Find | 2011 Napa Cellars Zinfandel

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July 30, 2013

From: Napa Valley

Price: $22

Serve with: Barbecued ribs, pasta, pizza

This full-bodied red wine epitomizes the Napa style of zinfandel. Not peppery and explosive like its better Sonoma brethren, it emphasizes bright, pure, penetrating fruit and flavors of black cherry and cassis. While dry, it has so much fruit flavor it gives the impression of sweetness in a way that will let it stand up to a barbecue sauce. There are also notes of Asian spices and chocolate that add to its complexity. Its hefty 14.7 percent alcohol is barely perceptible on the palate. It isn't inexpensive, but this charmer is well worth the price.

--Michael Dresser

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