In a half-bottle, this wine is a no-brainer for a two-person barbecue. It has notes of strawberry and a very light touch of pepper in the aroma, both of which continue on the palate. The body is somewhat light for a zinfandel, but there are some tannins to balance the fruit. Nice with grilled burgers. Recommended. BSE.

WHO: Alexander Valley Vineyards
WHAT: Zinfandel
WHERE: Alexander Valley, California
WHEN: 2009
HOW MUCH: around $10 (375 ml) (media sample)

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