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Kenwood Old Vines Zinfandel, 2000

Tonight was Ben’s 6th birthday.  In honour of the event, I spent the day cooking pork ribs.  After five hours of slow cooking, and constant basting with a Georgia style BBQ sauce, the meat was falling off the bones.  Time to cool, grill to crisp them up, mop with sauce and serve.

Naturally, for a meal like this, zinfandel seemed the perfect accompaniment.  The Kenwood Lodi Old Vine Zinfandel is part of their Yulupa series.  I picked it up for $21.95 at the LCBO during their zinfandel release a few months ago. 

The wine was fabulous.  Massive flavours of berries, dried fruit, and touches of vanilla from the oak.  Beautiful fruity nose, and long long warm finish.  It reminded me of my mothers christmas cakes.  She makes them months in advance of christmas, ages them in a cellar soaking them with rum periodically, and finally they emerge at Christmas, a complete confection with a marvelous blend of flavours that together are far greater than any of the individual parts. 

I’m happy to say there’s two more bottles of this in the cellar.  Baked alaska calls.  Ciao.


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