Montevina Amador County 2006 Zinfandel, $9.95, 88 points, is an interesting Zinfandel. It struck me as a spicy Primitivo. The color is cherry red.
The aroma wasn't very pleasant: earthy, grape-y, with just a hint of clove.
Though the back label tasting notes had blackberry and plum, I was "damned" if I could find them (My son found them), but being a "Newbie" wine taster, I'll just blame myself for that. What I did find was a wonderful balance of "cran-grape" with licorice hints, finishing quite strong with a ginger and white-pepper. There's no noticeable heat here, other than the spice itself, and in keeping with the Primitivo (Italian) style of wine, the alcohol is 13.5%, which is well under most modern Californian Zinfandel wines.
With an 88 score, you can tell I liked this wine, with a different quality (flavorful-light profile), and being priced right, and having paired nicely with spaghetti and spicy meatballs, also with salami-green pepper pizza, this was more than just a pleasant "table wine". I found this at Angela's Pasta and Cheese Shop.