Wine Find

From: Lodi, Calif

Price: $14

Serve with: Beef short ribs, lamb shanks

This full-bodied red wine packs a flavorful punch, even if it isn't the most elegant cabernet in California. It offers a full measure of cassis, black raspberry and blackberry fruit, with hints of chocolate cake and coffee. This is not a wine to serve with rack of lamb or beef filet, but would make a wonderful match with some of the less-exalted cuts of red meat. There's lots of burly charm here at an excellent price.

--Michael Dresser, The Baltimore Sun

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