Nalle 2002 Sonoma County Dry Creek Valley Zinfandel ($19.99)
This very dark reddish-purple wine breathes luscious, typically Zin "bramble fruit" aromas of blackberries and raspberries, with a faint, pleasantly herbal back note that adds complexity. Fresh and juicy berry fruit flavors are well balanced by zippy acidity. Mouth-filling but no blockbuster, it's made at a relatively rational 13.5 percent alcohol, a moderate level by Zin standards and an approach that, in my opinion, makes it a better table wine. US Importer: (May 17, 2005)

FOOD MATCH: Works very well indeed with rare steak heavily crusted with black pepper and touched with a soy-based Asian-style sauce.



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