Frank Family Zinfandel Napa Valley 2006 - Brilliant crimson color. Aromas of black pie, dried cherries, pink peppercorns and a hint of lily of the valley. Richness emerges as layers of juicy raspberry, spiced pluot compote, and sweet smoky BBQ sauce are exposed. Lavish and round; loaded with ripe briar berries and stone fruit, finishes deep and rich. 91% Zinfandel, 6% Petite Sirah, 3% Syrah, 15 months maturation in 35% new french oak and 65% once and twice filled french oak barrels. A big wine with 15% alcohol which is beautifully integrated into the wine of berries and spice. Try with roasted pork loin stuffed with your favorite fruit–blackberries? Or a huge all-meat pizza. (review by Denman Moody)
- On sale at Wines.com for $34.69 a bottle and $349 per case with free shipping.
Argentina is an up and coming wine region in South America. The Mendoza region is the largest winemaking region in Argentina, with around 370,000 acres of vines. Clos de Los Siete is an oasis comprised of seven vineyards in the foothills of the Andes, south of Mendoza. I raise my glass to the manager of the winery, Michel Rolland who helped develop this Bordeaux influenced wine region. Rolland, a famed wine consultant to Chateau Pavie-Macquin, put together a group of Bordeaux wine families to invest in vineyards in the Andes foothills south of Mendoza.
The 2007 Clos de Los Siete is a supurb blend of 48% Malbec, 28% Merlot, 12% Syrah, and 12% Cabernet Sauvignon, offering a bouquet of toasty oak, violets, mineral, black currant, blueberry, and black cherry. Ripe sweet and seamless, it admirably hides the tannin under all of the fruit. It is a 90+ point wine and $17 on sale at Wines.com. This price is quite modest, as it drinks better than most $50 blends.