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ZINFANDEL

Zinfandel (also known as Primitivo) is a variety of black-skinned wine grape. DNA fingerprinting has revealed that it is genetically equivalent to the Croatian grape Crljenac, as well as to the Primitivo variety traditionally grown in Apulia (the "heel" of Italy), where it was introduced in the 18th century. The grape found its way to the United States in the mid-19th century, where it became known by variations of the name "Zinfandel". The grapes typically produce a robust red wine. The grape's high sugar content can be fermented into levels of alcohol exceeding 15 percent. The taste of the red wine depends on the ripeness of the grapes from which it is made. Red berry fruit flavors like raspberry predominate in wines from cooler areas, whereas blackberry, anise and pepper notes are more common in wines made in warmer areas and in wines made from the earlier-ripening Primitivo clone.

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  • ACRE 2012 ZINFANDEL NAPA VALLEY 750mL

    Item #: 200920
    Bottle Size: 750ml
    Such an even and extended maturation period allowed for the outstanding flavor development so apparent in this beautifully balanced and structured ...
    Such an even and extended maturation period allowed for the outstanding flavor development so apparent in this beautifully balanced and structured wine. The aromas of briary wild blackberry and strawberry continue in the mouth with subtle notes of brown sugar and caramel. Inclusion of Rhône varietals in the blend adds refinement and spicy and earthy notes. Completely dry with just over 14% alcohol and great acidity, it is a Zinfandel for the table. Pair with grilled meats, barbeque pork, charcuterie and aged cheddar cheese.
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  • ALEXANDER VALLEY 11 ZN TEMPTATION

    Item #: 200115
    Bottle Size: EACH
    "This simple wine gets the basic Zin concept across, offering briary cherry, red currant, spice and oak flavors. It’s a good value in a dry, medium...
    "This simple wine gets the basic Zin concept across, offering briary cherry, red currant, spice and oak flavors. It’s a good value in a dry, medium-bodied wine that will drink well with a vast array of food."
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  • ALEXANDER VALLEY 2013 ZINFANDEL "SIN ZIN" ALEXANDER VALLEY 750mL

    Item #: 200530
    Bottle Size: 750ML
    There are aromas of black cherry, spice, black pepper, plum, oak, vanilla and blueberry jam . This chewy, well balanced Zinfandel has spicy flavors...
    There are aromas of black cherry, spice, black pepper, plum, oak, vanilla and blueberry jam . This chewy, well balanced Zinfandel has spicy flavors of bright cherry, raspberry, plum and black cherry. There is nice acidity and length to the finish. - Producer
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  • ANCIENT PEAKS 2015 ZINFANDEL PASO ROBLES 750mL

    Item #: 211210
    Bottle Size: 750ml
    We have been looking for a delicious Zinfandel at this price point for some time, and we think we've found a winner! Ancient Peaks sits in the Paso...
    We have been looking for a delicious Zinfandel at this price point for some time, and we think we've found a winner! Ancient Peaks sits in the Paso Robles appellation, 22 miles south of the city of Paso Robles and just 14 miles from the Pacific Ocean. Here, the surrounding peaks of the Santa Lucia Mountain Range act as a gateway between the ocean-cooled environs below the grade and the warmer climes above the grade. When the days heat up in the areas north and east of Margarita Vineyard, the air rises to create a vacuum that pulls marine breezes and fog inland over the peaks, and right through the vineyard. This means the fruit gets ripe, without any "off" flavors, yet the cooling afternoon breezes help the resulting wine to retain freshness and acidity.

    The 2015 Zinfandel presents heady aromas of blackberry jam, cola, baking spice and sweet tobacco with hints of brisk minerality. The mouthfeel is broad and plush, offering velvety flavors of black cherry, raspberry, mocha, vanilla and cinnamon spice. A savory peppercorn note emerges on a soft, supple finish
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  • ANDIS 2011 ZINFANDEL AMADOR COUNTY 750mL

    Item #: 201400
    Bottle Size: 750ml
    In Amador County, Zinfandel is a way of life. Andis grows it, they make it, and they certainly drink it. Their goal with the 2011 Andis Amador Coun...
    In Amador County, Zinfandel is a way of life. Andis grows it, they make it, and they certainly drink it. Their goal with the 2011 Andis Amador County Zinfandel was to make something utterly drinkable, definitely delicious, and very versatile. They crafted the wine from two of the most beautiful Zinfandel vineyards in the Shenandoah Valley (Wilderotter and Distasio) then added a few barrels of Zin from the Andis Estate and a healthy dose of Petite Sirah to darken the color, focus the mouthfeel, and add a deeper complexity to the aromatics. A classic Amador-style Zinfandel with a modern freshness. Aromas of black cherry, raspberry, and cocoa, the wine is spicy and juicy on the palate with a bright, fresh finish.
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  • AUGUST BRIGGS 2012 ZINFANDEL "OLD VINES" NAPA VALLEY 750mL

    Item #: 206600
    Bottle Size: 750ml
    The 2012 Napa Valley Zinfandel is a blend of two very special vineyards. The first, Luvisi Vineyard was planted in 1908 and the second, Frediani Vi...
    The 2012 Napa Valley Zinfandel is a blend of two very special vineyards. The first, Luvisi Vineyard was planted in 1908 and the second, Frediani Vineyard comes from two blocks, one planted sometime in the 1940’s and the second planted in the early 1950’s. Both vineyards are head-trained and dry-farmed, thus yielding small, very concentrated crops (less than two tons per acre). Dark ruby in color with aromas of black raspberry, boysenberry, cedar, clove, sweet oak and black plums. This is what you can call an old style Zinfandel with a ripe core of fruit and a good backbone of tannin (a zinfandel that matches well with bolder food dishes). This is a Zin that will age nicely for another 6-8 years. Each vineyard block was harvested and fermented separately. The clusters were all hand sorted before being destemmed into small open-top fermenters, and punched-down twice daily by hand. Following fermentation and pressing, they were inoculated for malo-lactic fermentation and barreled down for 18 months in oak. The barrels used were 30% new hybrid American/French oak barrels, and 70% two to three year old French oak barrels. 350 cases produced.
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  • BEDROCK 2014 ZINFANDEL "OLD VINE" SONOMA VALLEY 750mL

    Item #: 204170
    Bottle Size: 750ml
    It’s easy to say that Morgan Twain-Peterson was born into the wine industry… so let’s start there. Morgan is the son of legendary Ravenswood winem...
    It’s easy to say that Morgan Twain-Peterson was born into the wine industry… so let’s start there. Morgan is the son of legendary Ravenswood winemaker and Zinfandel legend Joel Peterson. At the age of 5, Morgan was able to distinguish Merlot from Zinfandel, and being the son of Joel, that made for some early learning of winemaking basics and eventually the essential techniques for fine winemaking. But Joel didn’t stop there. He went onto other wineries and regions to learn other methods, like working in the McLaren Vale region of Australia, and even working as a visiting winemaker at Château Lynch Bages in Bordeaux. Oh yeah…and he passed the Master of Wine exam!

    Morgan only works with high quality fruit from high quality sites and ferments them in open top redwood and stainless steel fermenters then ages them in the sexiest French barrels from the coldest forests. The results are tremendous wines that range in style from opulent to elegant, yet taste exceptionally balanced!
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  • BERAN 2013 ZINFANDEL CALIFORNIA 750mL

    Item #: 204730
    Bottle Size: 750ml
    Beran California Zinfandel is a true representation of what Zinfandel can offer with the ripeness of the warmer regions and brightness from cooler ...
    Beran California Zinfandel is a true representation of what Zinfandel can offer with the ripeness of the warmer regions and brightness from cooler regions. Grapes picked at optimum ripeness combined with extended fruit maceration over 30 days at times then laid to rest for 12 months in a combination of American and French oak has created a flavor-packed, easy-drinking zin with a soft, supple mouthfeel and balanced acidity. Zinfandel is one of the most expressive and distinctive grape varieties and when made well should continue to evolve and improve in the bottle.

    Dark red in color with a black core and deep purple hues, this Zinfandel displays aromatics of sweet cedar, cassis, red berry preserves, mocha, and sweet tobacco. Flavors of dried cranberry, ripe red berries, warm cherry pie and caramel apple are complexed with hints of sweet tobacco and spice. Soft and rich with a fresh acidity and fine-grain tannins on the long finish.
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  • BOGLE 2014 ZINFANDEL "OLD VINE" CALIFORNIA 750mL

    Item #: 205540
    Bottle Size: 750ml
    Head-trained and dry farmed vines continue to be the source for Bogle's Old Vine Zinfandel. These gnarly old vines produce concentrated fruit of u...
    Head-trained and dry farmed vines continue to be the source for Bogle's Old Vine Zinfandel. These gnarly old vines produce concentrated fruit of unsurpassed quality and intensity. This full-bodied vintage shows itself with rich black raspberry notes that round out in the mouth, accompanied by the scents of summer fruit jam bubbling on the stove. Juniper berry and cinnamon stick join the spiciness of red and black peppercorns as they integrate with the supple fruit and lead toward the finish. Toasty oak and cloves are the perfect finishing touch.
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  • BRANHAM 2013 PROPRIETARY RED "JAZZ" NAPA VALLEY 750 mL

    Item #: 232600
    Bottle Size: 750ML
    Branham's "Jazz" continues to bring down the house! Presenting their group from the Napa Valley: Zinfandel (40%), Petite Sirah (20%), Syrah (20%...
    Branham's "Jazz" continues to bring down the house! Presenting their group from the Napa Valley: Zinfandel (40%), Petite Sirah (20%), Syrah (20%), and Cabernet Sauvignon (20%). Sitting in for a short solo is the accomplished "Branham Rockpile fruit." Encore after encore, this proprietary blend never fails to satisfy the eye and palate. Refined melodies of black-plum, dark berries and coffee notes are enhanced by a purposeful symmetry of balanced tannins and acidity.
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  • BROCHELLE 2015 ZINFANDEL ESTATE PASO ROBLES 750mL

    Item #: 275037
    Bottle Size: 750ML
    This deeply hued vintage is another in the long line of Brochelle's signature Zinfandels that are always velvety, voluptuous and densely textured. ...
    This deeply hued vintage is another in the long line of Brochelle's signature Zinfandels that are always velvety, voluptuous and densely textured. Layers upon layers of elegantly perfumed and richly structured fruit that dances excitedly on the palate. A lightly smoky essence can be found in this vintage, along with just the right amount of spice, fruit and acidity. You will gradually uncover notes of brown butter, white pepper, red currants and ripe blackberries. There is a superbly silky mouthfeel that will make you want to go back for more time and time again.
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  • BROWN ESTATE 2014 ZINFANDEL NAPA VALLEY 750mL

    Item #: 206620
    Bottle Size: 750ML
    In 1980 when the Brown family stumbled upon their now renowned property in the Chiles Valley sub-appellation of the Napa Valley, it was but a ghost...
    In 1980 when the Brown family stumbled upon their now renowned property in the Chiles Valley sub-appellation of the Napa Valley, it was but a ghost ranch up the hill east of Rutherford. Five years later they planted vineyards and for a decade they farmed and sold wine grapes. In 1995 the second generation, encouraged by growing demand for their fruit, established the Brown Estate label and began making their own wines.

    Brown's flagship Napa Valley Zinfandel historically has borne the responsibility of being the ultimate representative of what our property and its unique microclimate have to offer—the cream of the Brown Estate zinfandel crop blended into one stellar wine. The 2014 has a stunning gemstone magenta core and ruby rim. True on the nose to the hallmark Brown Estate bouquet of rose petals, lily of the valley, hibiscus flowers, Asian apple, and effervescent citrus followed by dried apricot and peach. Medium body with silky mouthfeel, the palate at first delivers a burst of ripe red fruits, heavy cream, and loads of cascading exotic spice, finishing with a surprise of subtle crushed black pepper. Seamlessly integrated, elegant, and engaging. Drink now through 2022 to experience ripe fresh fruit, thereafter for a less fruity, earthier experience.
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  • BUEHLER 2013 ZINFANDEL NAPA VALLEY 750mL

    Item #: 206480
    Bottle Size: 750ML
    The grapes are a mix of those off their estate vineyards and grapes from other select Napa Valley low-yielding vineyards. Dry-farmed for over 20 ...
    The grapes are a mix of those off their estate vineyards and grapes from other select Napa Valley low-yielding vineyards. Dry-farmed for over 20 years, their 4.5 acre estate block consists of mature thirty-seven year old vines which typically yield around 2.5 tons/acre of hillside fruit. Interspersed among the head-trained vines are a handful of Petite Sirah vines representing perhaps 5% of the total vines in this block. A traditional field companion to Zinfandel in pre-prohibition California vineyards, Petite Sirah contributes pepper, color, and tannin structure to the wine.
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  • BUENA VISTA PROPRIETARY RED "THE COUNT" SONOMA COUNTY 750mL

    Item #: 206100
    Bottle Size: 750ml
    Buena Vista joined the Boisset Family Estates collection in May 2011. Today, Jean-Charles Boisset is returning Buena Vista to its original glory w...
    Buena Vista joined the Boisset Family Estates collection in May 2011. Today, Jean-Charles Boisset is returning Buena Vista to its original glory with the complete restoration and re-opening of the champagne cellars, which have been unavailable to the public for over 20 years. Jean-Charles is 100% dedicated to doing whatever is needed to showcase the quality of the wines from this property. The wines of Buena Vista are being driven to greater heights under Winemaker Brian Maloney and Consulting Winemaker David Ramey, including the re-introduction of Sonoma wines, in honor of Buena Vista's role in the discovery of Sonoma as one California's great terroirs.

    As the name would imply, this wine is in honor of The Count of Buena Vista, a tireless and passionate devotee of Californian wines. From prestigious vineyards across Sonoma, The Count's intriguing varietals intermingle seamlessly to produce an elegant and complex wine. Individual lots of Zinfandel, Syrah, and Merlot were fermented separately and aged for 16 months in American, Hungarian, and French oak barrels before final assemblage. The wine's bouquet opens beautifully with rich aromas of black currant, cherries, grilled meat, pepper, and just a hint of espresso. Smooth on the palate, the wine offers flavors of red fruit compote, plum, raspberries, and blackberry that give way to cardamom on the long, silky finish.
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  • CALCAREOUS 2014 ZINFANDEL "TWISTED PASO" PASO ROBLES 750mL

    Item #: 207730
    Bottle Size: 750ML
    2014 was an ideal vintage for Paso Robles. A cool to mild spring allowed for gradual, stress free development of fruit. September and early Octob...
    2014 was an ideal vintage for Paso Robles. A cool to mild spring allowed for gradual, stress free development of fruit. September and early October were warmer than usual which allowed for fantastic ripening. Warm days during harvest also tend to produce wines that come of age quicker, thus requiring shorter barrel aging time and wonderfully fresh wines in the bottle.

    The beautiful dark ruby color gives evidence of a dense yet lively wine. The nose is an intriguing blend of tart bing cherry and rich boysenberry pie aromas. The mouth feel continues this trend of opposites with wonderful acid balancing full bodied flavors of blackberry, licorice and pepper. The finish is rich yet clean, offering a hint of American oak vanilla.
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  • CANADA DE LOS ENCINOS 2014 ZINFANDEL VALLE DE GUADALUPE 750mL

    Item #: 209920
    Bottle Size: 750ml
    Va bien con pastas, comidas especiadas o postres a base de frutos negros, también va muy bien con moles a base de chocolate.
    Va bien con pastas, comidas especiadas o postres a base de frutos negros, también va muy bien con moles a base de chocolate.
  • CARLISLE 2014 ZINFANDEL "DUPRATT" MENDOCINO RIDGE 750mL

    Item #: 207370
    Bottle Size: 750ml
    With Carlisle's production down in 2015 and since there is no 2015 DuPratt (due to inclement weather), Carlisle decided to hold on to this wine and...
    With Carlisle's production down in 2015 and since there is no 2015 DuPratt (due to inclement weather), Carlisle decided to hold on to this wine and release it a year later than normal. So in a sense, they've done some of the aging for you! Medium-dark to dark garnet-ruby, this Zinfandel has a fascinating, complex nose of red cherry, cranberry, pine forest, and orange rind. On the palate, an explosion of red cherry liqueur, briar, and cracked black pepper. Classic DuPratt, this wine finishes very clean and long with plenty of verve and snap. For a Zinfandel, this will have a long life. Drink anytime from 2019 through 2030.
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  • CARLISLE 2014 ZINFANDEL "PAPERA RANCH" RUSSIAN RIVER VALLEY 750mL

    Item #: 207270
    Bottle Size: 750ml
    Planted in 1934 shortly after the repeal of Prohibition by Celestino Papera, this vineyard is a bit of an anomaly in that it contains much less in ...
    Planted in 1934 shortly after the repeal of Prohibition by Celestino Papera, this vineyard is a bit of an anomaly in that it contains much less in the way of mixed blacks than we typically see in vineyards of this era. And interestingly, the majority of the mixed blacks that are present is Carignane. Carignane is a late ripener and high in acidity making it a curious choice for this very cool site. Nevertheless, it seems to work, producing a powerfully elegant Zinfandel. Twenty percent new French oak. Filtered but unfined.

    A nuanced, perfumed nose of confit fruits, sandalwood and rose petal. Bright, sleek and refined on the palate, reflecting both the vineyard's prized position on the eastern edge of the Laguna de Santa Rosa (nature's "air conditioner" for the Piner/Olivet area) and the precision derived from the high percentage of Zinfandel in this post-prohibition planting – a clean expression of the variety. Plum preserves and baking spices mingle on the palate, with nutmeg notes leading the charge on the finish. Stunning. Drink 2017 – 2030.
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  • CARLISLE 2015 ZINFANDEL "MONTAFI RANCH" RUSSIAN RIVER VALLEY 750mL

    Item #: 207330
    Bottle Size: 750ml
    Wine Spectator: 94
    Carlisle Winery is a boutique producer owned and operated by husband and wife team Mike and Kendall Officer. Their focus is on old vine Zinfandel a...
    Carlisle Winery is a boutique producer owned and operated by husband and wife team Mike and Kendall Officer. Their focus is on old vine Zinfandel and Rhone varietals (Syrah, Grenache and Mourvedre) crafting wines that are truly distinctive from one another showcasing the terroir of the single vineyard sites they produce from. After a few of our staff members tasted through the current line-up with Mike himself, it was unanimous amongst us that this producer has earned the high scores they have been receiving on all their wines!

    Mike's sister introduced him to wine at the age of 19 and he was immediately hooked. His passion grew from tasting and collecting wines to teaching a wine appreciation class. From there he began making 5 gallons of Zinfandel in his kitchen with his wife Kendall. After moving to Santa Rosa in Sonoma County, Mike and Kendall launched the Carlisle Winery and Vineyards in 1998 with the goal of making small lots of distinctive, world class wines from some of California's most exceptional vineyards. To help achieve this goal they brought in his old college friend Jay Maddox who graduated with honors from U.C. Davis in viticulture and enology. Jay brought not only a wealth of knowledge but a keen palate and a desire for perfection.

    The Montafi Ranch vineyard was planted in 1926. Located farther up the eastern bench of the Laguna de Santa Rosa flood plain, literally bordering Santa Rosa city limits, this vineyard is mostly Zinfandel but does contain a healthy amount of Alicante Bouschet and Grand Noir de la Calmette. A little Petite Sirah, Peloursin, Syrah, and Petit Bouschet are interspersed as well. Being a higher up the bench, Montafi Ranch tends to be picked earlier, generally around the first week of October.

    Winery Notes - Medium garnet-ruby. True to the vintage (at least for Zinfandel), very red-fruited with aromas of red cherry, currant, and the trademark whiff of eucalyptus (although not as prominent as some previous vintages). The wine enters fresh and snappy with flavors of red currants, cherries, and a touch of pomegranate. Youthful tannins emerge in the fruit-filled finish, indicating that this should age well. Enjoy from release through 2027.

    WINE SPECTATOR 94 POINTS - "Luscious, complex and expressive, with floral raspberry jam aromas and supple black cherry, bay leaf and cracked pepper flavors that glide lithely toward the finish. Drink now through 2028."
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  • CAROL SHELTON 2011 ZINFANDEL "KARMA" SONOMA COUNTY 750mL

    Item #: 277760
    Bottle Size: 750ml
    The Bastoni Vineyard, sustainably farmed in the hills above Santa Rosa, was planted as a traditional field-blend. ...
    The Bastoni Vineyard, sustainably farmed in the hills above Santa Rosa, was planted as a traditional field-blend. This Zin is complexly layered with spice and black fruits, dark chocolate, creamy oak, a bit of vanilla cola, brown spices-nutmeg/cinnamon. Rich in the mouth, with good structure for aging.
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  • CAROL SHELTON 2014 ZINFANDEL "ROCKY RESERVE" ROCKPILE 750mL

    Item #: 277784
    Bottle Size: 750ML
    Winemaker's Notes - " Nice dark-red in color, big blueberry-blackberry fruit, spicy-chocolatey oak, nicely focused acidity enhances min...
    Winemaker's Notes - " Nice dark-red in color, big blueberry-blackberry fruit, spicy-chocolatey oak, nicely focused acidity enhances mineral flavors, elegantly structured tannins for aging, super plush long finish!"
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  • CHATEAU MONTELENA 2013 ZINFANDEL CALISTOGA 750mL

    Item #: 244250
    Bottle Size: 750ml
    The nose on this Zinfandel is redolent with cocoa, espresso, and cedar, readily apparent on the nose as the wine is poured, transition slowly to ri...
    The nose on this Zinfandel is redolent with cocoa, espresso, and cedar, readily apparent on the nose as the wine is poured, transition slowly to ripe blackberry, fig, and mint. The acidity on the front of the palate is contrasted and balanced by density and richness, along with notes of raspberry jam, dried blueberries, and cherry candy. The finish returns to the vineyard with a rustic earthiness and supple, but chewy tannins.
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  • CHRONIC CELLARS 2015 PROPRIETARY RED "PURPLE PARADISE" PASO ROBLES 750mL

    Item #: 219600
    Bottle Size: 750ml
    Winery Notes: "77% Zinfandel, 14% Syrah, 8% Petite Sirah, 1% Grenache. Roll the dice and enjoy brilliant aromas of smooth vanilla, mocha, ...
    Winery Notes: "77% Zinfandel, 14% Syrah, 8% Petite Sirah, 1% Grenache. Roll the dice and enjoy brilliant aromas of smooth vanilla, mocha, dark cherries, roasted almonds, and cinnamon. Every sip is bursting with juicy fruits, ripe strawberries, chocolate, and a touch of leather, balanced by mild tannins and acidity."
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  • CLINE 2015 ZINFANDEL "ANCIENT VINES" CONTRA COSTA COUNTY 750mL

    Item #: 211230
    Bottle Size: 750ML
    A deep purple color and luscious flavors of black cherry, strawberry, and dark chocolate lead to a medium finish. Accompany with slow cooked BBQ po...
    A deep purple color and luscious flavors of black cherry, strawberry, and dark chocolate lead to a medium finish. Accompany with slow cooked BBQ pork, chicken mole, or spinach mushroom casserole. Accompany this wine with slow cooked BBQ pork, chicken mole or spinach mushroom casserole.
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