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I don’t often drink reds, but a red is best whenever we enjoy a dinner of spaghetti with marinara and veg-balls (I like the Gardein brand). The Long-Suffering Husband pulled from our cellar a bottle of 2005 Oak Ridge Zinfandel, which we bought three or four years ago for $13.99. 

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On the nose this zin has a rich aroma of berry jam with a hint of spicy cigar. With such a well-aged bottle, I was surprised to find that it still has abundant acidity, which is well-balanced by the hint of sugar on the palate. At the back of the mouth it produces a peppery sensation, and the finish is redolent of fresh berries and balsamic. In all, a very pleasant companion for spaghetti!

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