Laurel Glen 2005 REDS Lodi Red Wine ($9.99)
This is a dark reddish-purple wine, almost black at the center. Fresh, fruit-centered aromas of red and black plums, cherries and berries add a warm note of spice. Full, ripe and juicy fruit flavors are well structured by fresh-fruit acidity and warm 14.5% alcohol. Fresh cherry-berry scents linger in a long finish. Recent vintages from Lodi seem a bit more New World than the original rustic Euro-style of this California field blend, but it remains an amiable, fresh and reasonably complex table red and a very fine value. US Importer: (Apr 5, 2007)

FOOD MATCH: This hearty, earthy red was made to go with a juicy, medium-rare slice of roast leg of lamb; it's a natural with just about any roasted or grilled red meat.

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