Thursday, August 11, 2005

2003 Edmeades Mendocino County Zinfandel

What a fun wine! The medium ruby color belies the pure fruit and intensity of this wine. Exuberant sappy mountain berry nose, with intense notes of gingerbread and fresh, warm vanilla bean extract. Full-bodied and richly fruity in the mouth, with some peppery heat (15% alc.) in the long, pure finish. Not as complex as, say, a Ridge Geyserville, but a heck of a kick to drink. 89. About $15 at Spec's Warehouse on Smith. Pure joy with a mesquite-grilled steak or an Italian braised pot roast (stracotto). (I have to disclose that I've been a real fan of Edmeades' reds since I sold them as a Mosswood Wines rep in NYC in the early 80s -- but this really is a cool wine!).

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