Pedroncelli 2005 Dry Creek Valley Sonoma County "Mother Clone" Zinfandel ($17.00)
Clear, very dark garnet, with reddish-violet glints against the light. Excellent Zinfandel aromas, blackberry and black raspberry, luscious and ripe but stops short of overly "jammy." Flavors follow the nose, juicy bramble fruit nicely shaped by crisp acidity and the body and warmth that attend 14.9% alcohol, on the potent side but well handled and balanced, carries all that alcohol well. US Importer: N/A (Jul 21, 2008)

FOOD MATCH: Grilled meat will handle just about any good Zin, but we went in a Mediterranean direction, pairing it with a flavorful summer garden saute of ground lamb and fresh Italian eggplant, onions and green peppers and fresh Roma tomatoes over cavatappi pasta with a good sprinkle of Pecorino Romano cheese.

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