Laurel Glen 2000 REDS California Red Table Wine ($7.99)
Very dark garnet, the wine appears almost purple in the glass. Forward blackberry and raspberry aromas rise from the glass; spicy berry flavors structured with crisp fresh-fruit acidity for balance. A pleasant smoky-peppery quality emerges with time in the glass. The blend of grapes in this good-value favorite varies from year to year but is almost always a fusion of Mediterranean and California varieties. The 2000 blends Syrah, Petite Syrah, Grenache and Barbera over a base of old-vines Zinfandel. US Importer: (Aug 17, 2002)
FOOD MATCH: The winery recommends it, correctly, with pizza, barbecue and bistro fare. We tried a non-traditional red-wine match, an asparagus risotto rendered "red-friendly" with beef broth, fresh tomatoes and cheese.
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