The 2009 harvest had warm, consistent weather, resulting in wines with rich, opulent black-red fruit flavors of cherry, plum and currant. While not necessarily a classic vintage from Bordeaux, the wine still displays sophisticated textbook nuances of dried herbs and graphite, along with firm, yet appetizing tannins. Meant for food, this is a wine that will shine when paired with herb-inflected red meats, like lamb and beef.
Recipe PairingsRoasted Beef Tenderloin with Mushroom Ragout
The Zinfandel grape, made famous in California, is actually native to Croatia, where it's called Crljenak Kaštelanski.