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Perception 2007 Zinfandel -- Wine Review

Russian River Valley, California

Our Selection for Wine of the Week November 29, 2010

A bottle of Perception 2007 Russian River Valley Zinfandel, our Wine of the Week review

Russian River Valley Zinfandel
Perception Wines
2007 Zinfandel


Perception is a portfolio of wines from Sonoma County California's Russian River region. The winery's concept is to feature fruit from prominent, family-owned vineyards. Founded by vintner Mark Ray, Perception focuses on three grapes for which the region is known: Chardonnay, Pinot Noir and Zinfandel. In addition to the Russian River Valley line of wines, Perception also produces vineyard-designated bottlings, some of which are produced in quantities of less than 100 cases. The fruit for the Russian River Zinfandel is grown in one of the region's warmest spots, on an east-facing slope overlooking its namesake vineyard. The wine offers classic cherry cola aromas with a hint of blackberry and spice. On the palate, its flavors are an intriguing balance of tart cherry and blackberry fruits contrasted by cocoa, black licorice and bramble. It finishes with a touch of black pepper and medium length. Try it with herb-roasted chicken or turkey, London broil or simple steak. The wine would also work well with vegetarian dishes like a roasted winter squash casserole. Or try it with a naturally sweetened blackberry cobbler or dark chocolate truffles.

Rating: 13.5/20

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