Catacula Lake Winery 2000 Napa Valley Zinfandel ($17.00)
This dark ruby-color wine shows brilliant reddish-purple glints against the light. Appetizing red-berry aromas open up as luscious raspberry with swirling in the glass. Full, juicy and ripe, crisp fresh-fruit acidity, pure berry fruit and a spicy hint of pepper come together in perfect balance to make an exceptional Zin that's more elegant than brawny. US Importer: (Apr 28, 2004)

FOOD MATCH: Zin makes a great match with char-grilled meats. It worked well, too, with a more non-traditional pairing, a vegetarian dish of corn cakes topped with Old Chatham sheepsmilk cheese and chopped Sicilian green olives.



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