07 Rodney Strong Knotty Vines Zinfandel ($20) ☺☺ 

This wine is probably at its peak right now and I can't see it progressing much further. That said it has a subtle flavour for a Zinfandel, gone are the peppery classic Zin style and in its place you have blackberries and raspberries with definite mineral undertones. This wine would definitely rate in the Good Value section of any cellar and would be welcome at many tables as a great accompaniment for stronger flavour meats such as venison. The blackberry and raspberry combination just give it that edge and fruitiness to compensate for the meaty flavours. 


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