Cosentino 2000 Tenero Rosso Lodi Red Wine ($10.00)
Although the conventional wisdom has long dismissed California's agricultural Central Valley as the source of forgettable "jug wines," there's increasing evidence that specific pockets such as Lodi can produce more serious stuff. This traditional "field blend" from the region's Norman Knoll Vineyard, an unexpected mix of Napa Gamay, Mourvedre, Zinfandel and Sangiovese, stands out. Zinlike in character, it's a clear, rather bright cherry red, with fresh mixed-berry aromas, ripe and full. There's a load of raspberry and strawberry flavor on the palate, full-bodied yet juicy and refreshing. It doesn't seem as strongly alcoholic as the label discloses (14.6%), something to keep in mind when its luscious, up-front fruit makes you want to gulp it. US Importer: (Jul 3, 2003)

FOOD MATCH: Juicy lamb-beef burgers show it at its best.



Wine notes in 'shelf-hanger' format:
We publish Wine Lovers' Page tasting reports in the familiar "shelf-hanger" size and format, to make it easy for wine merchants or collectors to print them out, clip and post them where this wine is displayed. We do ask, however, that the name, logo and URL be left intact, and that these reports be used with the specific wines rated, not different bottlings or vintages.

Our tasting policy:
All my wine-tasting reports are consumer-oriented. In order to maintain objectivity and avoid conflicts of interest, I accept no free samples from wineries or distributors, purchasing all the wines I rate at my own expense in retail stores.

View the previous tasting note: Carchelo 2000 Jumilla
View the next tasting note: Marietta California Old Vine Red Lot No. 31