Pezzi King Dry Creek Valley 2010 Zinfandel, $11.47-$21.99, 87 points, appears quite red to ruby in color with a transparent edge.
The spicy red cherry aroma has just a hint of shoe-polish and cotton candy.
The medium-plus body has good acidity, is astringent with biting, almost sharp tannin.
With an extreme bramble-berry tartness, and red cherry flavors, this wine takes you for a walk on the wild-side.
Finishing with a jalapeño pepper and some heat (15.4% alcohol), this is a very different wine than the 2008 Pezzi King with its 16.1% alcohol and bramble-berry fruit-finish.
At $11.47 this is a good deal for barbecues or being the "Pizza"King wine du jour! Keep an easy-drinking mellow bottle or two of Merlot, maybe a Beaujolais too, around for those with tame taste-buds.
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