Rosenblum Vintners Cuvee XXIV California Zinfandel ($10.99)
This very dark purple wine, a blend of 2000 and 2001 vintages with a tiny taste of Mourvedre added, is almost black in the glass. Typical Zinfandel blackberry scents add an aromatic "winey" note, with a hint of something minty in the background. Full berry fruit flavors are mouth-filling and ripe, with a strongly warming quality that, with the vinous aromas, convey an impression of more alcohol than the 13.2% that the label claims. US Importer: (Jul 22, 2003)

FOOD MATCH: Too powerful for my initial choice, a sausage frittata. Better with rare grilled steaks.

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