Laurel Glen 2006 "REDS" Lodi Red Wine ($10.99)
Very dark blackish purple, garnet edge. A lovely mix of fresh but not in-your-face black and red-fruit flavors, blackberries and plums and an intriguing "sweet" aroma note that makes me think, with unusual specificity, of homemade boysenberry jam. Flavors are consistent with the nose, ripe and deep, beautifully structured with snappy acidity and a touch of smooth tannins. Just a wisp of fragrant black pepper adds a finishing accent, and robust 14.5% alcohol is almost imperceptible beneath the luscious yet balanced fruit. US Importer: N/A (Jan 14, 2008)

FOOD MATCH: Like the robust reds of the Rhone, Provence and the Languedoc that it somewhat resembles, REDS finds its natural partner with red meat. It was fine with pepper-crusted local rib eyes pan-seared medium-rare.

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