Renwood 2002 "Sierra Series" Sierra Foothills Zinfandel ($10.99)
This dark reddish-purple wine shows glints of reddish-orange against the light. A significant blast of volatile acidity ("VA") wafts from the glass, high-toned sweet aromatics that show an unfortunate kinship to furniture polish and shoe polish; a vinous note of raspberries is present but secondary. Ripe and bright berry fruit is more evident on the palate, dense and almost reminiscent of framboise. The VA fades a bit with time in the glass but never goes away entirely; the odd combination of shoe polish and raspberry liqueur falls well short of appealing. US Importer: (Oct 1, 2004)

FOOD MATCH: Char-grilled ribeye steak brings it around a bit, but nothing will really make those chemical-factory aromatics go away.

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