By Jessica Yadegaran
Tuesday, October 30th, 2007 at 10:25 am in Uncategorized.
I opened up this Zinfandel-based blend with a Trader Joe’s Roasted Vegetable pizza last night, and it was a winning combination.
The 2005 Pleasant Hill Zinfandel Cuvee, made by Larson Family Winery for Pleasant Hill Wine Merchants, is not a jammy bomb. It’s actually got a lot black pepper and herb on the palate. And the fruits don’t taste like cooked strawberries. Rather, they are dark, like baked bing cherries. My kind of Zin.
I’m sure the 12 percent Petit Sirah in the blend and the 13.9 percent alcohol (relatively low for a California Zinfandel) helped balance the wine. Also, the pizza was cheese less, so it didn’t weigh down the wine with fat and allowed the caramelized onions and smoky, roasted veggies to sing in Zinny harmony.
Find it for around $12 (a steal) at Pleasant Hill Wine Merchants in Pleasant Hill.