This zinfandel is incredible fun, but it's really not a great food-pairing wine. Yes, it's dry and one can serve it with food, but it's likely to overwhelm anything but fairly simple fare. In fact, it's delicious all by itself. Some good bread, manchego cheese, cold cuts — heaven. It's an intense, full-bodied wine with a lot of the flavors of Porto but without the technical sweetness. I say technical because there's so much ripe fruit it gives a sweet impression — part of the reason it stands alone so well. It has this racy acidity that keeps it from being a typical monster zin. It offers great flavors of black raspberry, blueberry, earth, smoked meat and chocolate.
From: Paso Robles, Calif.
Serve with: Pizza, chili, bread, hard cheeseCopyright © 2014, The Baltimore Sun