Barefoot Reserve 2002 Dry Creek Valley Sonoma County Zinfandel ($15.00)
This is a clear, dark reddish-purple wine with an intense scent of blackberry cordial ... warm berry fruit and a whiff of spice. Luscious, "sweet" mixed-berry fruit on the palate over crisp acidity and perceptibly warm (14.5 percent) alcohol; oak is perceptible, but remains secondary to the ripe berry fruit. Clean and correct, a good example of Zin in the fruit-forward, high-alcohol style. US Importer: (Jul 3, 2005)

FOOD MATCH: Classic with grilled meat or even rare, juicy burgers, although it showed Zin's versatility by working surprisingly well with an Asian-fusion dish of stir-fried duck breast with just-wilted rapini in a sauce accented with wasabi and Chinese mustard, fresh ginger and garlic.



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