Housley's Century Oak Winery 2001 Lodi Old Vine Zinfandel ($13.00)
This clear, dark reddish-purple wine breathes ripe mixed berries, shaped by a back note of aromatic oak and an odd but not unpleasant whiff of butter. It's all fruit on the palate, though, jammy, ripe and sweet, blackberries and raspberries in a classic, exuberant Zin, not overly alcoholic by Zinfandel standards (13.4%), with plenty of fresh-fruit acidity to hold it together. US Importer: (Jan 12, 2004)
FOOD MATCH: Zin is a natural match with grilled meats, although this one worked just as well with a robust Italian dish of pork chops braised in red wine with fennel seed.
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