2011 Edmeades Zinfandel

2011 Edmeades Zinfandel (Handout photo / February 7, 2014)

From: Mendocino County, Calif.

Price: $20

Serve with: Beefy stews, pasta with tomato

It's a bit hard-edged when it's first opened, but this full-bodied red wine quickly opens up to display vibrant flavors of blackberries, wild berries, plums, herbs and chocolate and black pepper. There's a port-like quality to this blockbuster, but it's a fully dry wine. It's pretty gripping.

--Michael Dresser