Kempton Clark 1997 "ZIN" Lopez Ranch Cucamonga Valley Zinfandel ($14.99)
Very dark reddish-purple, clear but almost black. Classic Zin aroma, exuberant mixed-berry fruit, with a distinctly "green," "sappy" quality. The flavor is just as big and forward, juicy berries and an almost Bourbon-like quality, sweet caramel, smoky and warm with 14.5 percent alcoholic warmth. US Importer: (Jan 24, 2002)

FOOD MATCH: My No. 1 recommendation for a Zinfandel food match is chargrilled rare steak, and Zin's exuberant New World fruit makes it a good match with hearty American fare from hamburgers to spicy chile con carne. But we went with a more exotic Asian dish, and found the wine's ripe berry fruit went as well as PB&J with eggplant in a spicy peanut sauce.

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