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Monday, May 21, 2007

Seghesio Sonoma Zinfandel 2005

It just wouldn't be summer without a good Zinfandel to accompany barbequed beef. Just in time for Memorial Day weekend comes the Seghesio Sonoma Zinfandel 2005, which turns out to be the under-$20 Zin (just barely, at $19) I've been pining for over the last few months.

This is a terrific wine, with a big, Zinny nose, a full-bodied, dark brambly fruit palate, and a peppery but smooth finish with no unpleasant heat despite its 15.2 percent alcohol content. If you're looking for a satisfying Zin at a reasonable price, this will be a tough one to beat.

Here's a shopping tip: Seghesio's Zins are all similarly labeled, but with different colored capsules. The Sonoma designation's capsule is dark blue. Chances are you wouldn't be the least bit disappointed if you ended up with a Seghesio wine that had a different color of capsule, but you'd be surprised at the checkout counter.
M. Zane Grey, 8:18 AM