Cheers May 2016

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Page 48 of 51 49 May 2016 • pepper jam. The palate has some toasty notes and a soft silky black pepper fi nish. This is a wine that doesn't need a food pairing—just a big glass and some great conversation. ($25) (90) Montoya Zinfandel 2013 (Lodi, CA). A lively zinfandel that delivers rich aromas and fl avors of ripe plum, cassis, red currant and subtle notes of vanilla. This wine delivers lush structure and smooth approachable fruit. ($14) (90) The Fugitive Red 2014 (Dry Creek, CA). This zinfandel is a heavy, bold, dense powerhouse of a red blend that shows a huge, fruit-driven profi le. A concentrated ripe wine that is mouth-fi lling, has good tannic structure and soft oak notes. ($30) (90) Mad Duck Zinfandel 2014 (Lodi, CA). A rich, ripe zinfandel with lush fl avors of black cherry and plum. Easy drinking. The wine is medium-bodied, but rich in fruit and great in texture at the same time. ($12) (90) Four Vines Biker 2012 (Paso Robles, CA). Smooth and plump. Lots of ripe rasp- berry and toasty vanilla. Great for barbeque ribs and pulled pork. ($15) (90) St. Francis Old Vine Zinfandel 2012 (Sonoma, CA). The nose announces its use of oak and is verifi ed on the palate. A fuller-bodied experience. A heavier-handed red infl uenced by oak with integrated fruit. Defi nitively showing a warmer, higher-yield vintage. ($19.99) (89) Predator Old Vine 2014 (Lodi, CA). Fifty-year-old vines produce a slightly smoky, spice- and cocoa-edged zin. Sustainably grown, the wine is named for the ladybugs used to patrol for insects. ($14.95) (89) Klinker Brick Old Vine Zinfandel 2013 (Lodi, CA). From vines averaging 85 years old, this wine has aromas of berries and spice. On the palate, you will taste sweet dark fruit with a hint of black pepper leading to a long lingering fi nish. Lodi zins tend to be a little on the jammy side, and this wine is no exception, but it is a defi nite crowd pleaser. ($17.99) (89) 2012 Zinphomaniac Zinfandel. (Russian River, Dry Creek and Alexander Valleys, CA). Dark fruit aroma with plum clove. Blackberry, plum fl avors with hint of tobacco. Nice smooth tannins. Long fi nish. ($19.99) (88) Brazin Zinfandel 2012 (Lodi, CA). Dark fuit aroma with some cherry. Plum, cherry and blackberry fl avors with some spice and pepper. Moderate tannins that end in a medium-long, pleasing fi nish. ($13.99) (88) Federalist 2011 (Lodi, CA). A bright garnet color, leaning towards the orange-brown spectrum. The nose was pronounced with ripe fruit. The fi nish is lin- gering with balanced acidity and revealing layers of structure as it opened. A very nice value. ($16.99) CLASSIFIEDS AGE VERIFICATION MIDWEST - IL, IN, IA, KS, K Y, MI, MN, MO, NE, ND, OH, SD, WI Bruce Kostic; Tel (203) 855-8499 ext. 215 • Cell (203) 803-0453 EAST, WEST & INTERNATIONAL - AK, AZ, CA, CO, CT, DE, HI, ID, MA, ME, MT, NH, NM, OR, RI, UT, VT, WA, WY, Canada and Intl Mark Marcon; • Tel (248) 761-6231 • Fax (519) 972-5169 SOUTH AND METRO NY - AL, AR, DC, FL, GA, LA, MD, MS, NC, NJ, NY, OK, PA, SC, TN, TX, VA, WV Debbie Rittenberg; • Tel/Fax (215) 860-0306 • Cell (215) 431-8787 LIST RENTAL - MeritDirect, Jim Scova; • Tel (914) 368-1012 REPRINTS - Robin Cooper; • Tel (763) 383-4491 CHEERS REGIONAL SALES OFFICES MAXIMIZE THE POSITIVE PRESS FROM YOUR FEATURE IN Now offering short-run reprints Order 100 copies or less FOR CUSTOM REPRINTS CONTACT US TODAY! Robin Cooper

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