Laurel Glen 2001 Reds California Red ($8.99)
A blend of Zinfandel, Petite Sirah and Carignane in undisclosed proportions, this inky-dark purple wine shows a distinctly Zin-like personality, but it's built on an earthy, mouth-filling framework that gives it more than a touch of a Mediterranean accent. Smoke and tar add complexity to blackberry fruit on the nose. Cherry-berry fruit is more forward on the palate, structured with snappy acidity and an intriguing whiff of white pepper in the finish. US Importer: (Mar 21, 2004)

FOOD MATCH: The back label correctly notes that it's a food-friendly wine, capable of matching anything from Mediterranean fare to burgers and pizza. It made a great match with lamb shanks long braised with Tuscan white beans scented with rosemary and sage.

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