Barefoot Cellars California Zinfandel ($8.00)
Clear, dark reddish-purple with a ruby glint, this fresh and rather simple Zin breathes ripe raspberry and blackberry scents, with a less appealing high-toned back note of volatile acidity. Juicy, jammy berry flavors are reminiscent of fruit compote, fruit-forward with sufficient acidity for balance. Simple, luscious, slightly sweet, it's not a big-style Zin at just 12.5 percent alcohol, but that makes for a more approachable quaff. Apparently a non-vintage wine ... I can't find a year on the label. US Importer: (Jul 3, 2005)

FOOD MATCH: A good burger wine, fine with Asian fare, but perhaps best suited as a "glass of red wine" for casual sipping without food.



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