| 2004 Turley Cellars Zinfandel Pesenti Vineyard Zinfandel|
Paso Robles, USA
Robert Parker, Wine Advocate, 90-93 points 'From Paso Robles' limestone soils, the 2004 Zinfandel Pesenti Vineyard could pass for a Grenache-based southern Rhone with its striking minerality, pepper and kirsch liqueur-like notes. Full-bodied, but remarkably fresh (thanks to the limestone), it possesses 16+% alcohol, but that component is well-concealed by the wine's fruit and structure. It should drink well for a decade.' Dec/05
Zinfandel is an excellent wine to pair with a wide variety of meats (excluding poultry and seafood). The classic Zinfandel pairing is BBQ and Chili. Pizza, hamburgers, and hearty pasta dishes also work well.
Zinfandel's fruit intensity and firm acidity enable the wine to pair brilliantly with a broad range of foods and dishes; from casual-rustic-nostalgic foods (pizza, ribs, sausage, meatloaf, hamburgers) to masterpieces of international cuisine (particularly those involving lamb, game, duck, and beef).
Steak with Mushroom Merlot Sauce Recipe
This steak recipe goes very well with merlot wine - Use some for the sauce, and the rest for your glass!
2 10oz ribeye steaks
2 tsp pepper
2 Tbsp vegetable oil
3 Tbsp butter
6oz shiitake mushrooms
3/4 cup merlot
1 Tbsp thyme
First, salt and pepper steaks on both sides. Heat the vegetable oil to medium high, and then cook steaks for about 3 minutes per side.
Put the steaks on a plate but keep the oil in the pan. Put the butter in the pan, along with the wine, chopped up mushrooms and chopped up shallots and reduce for 5-10 minutes. Pour this sauce over the steaks and serve.