Papapietro Perry, 2006 Elsbree Vineyard, Russian River Valley, Zinfandel, $37. ****
An earthy zin with bright fruit and great spice. Notes of black cherry, dried cherry and white pepper. A hint tart, but it works.
Kendall-Jackson, 2006 Vintners Reserve North Coast Cabernet Sauvignon, $20. ***?
A cab with good structure. Aromas and flavors of black cherry, blackberry, herbs and spice. Long finish.
Gallo, 2006 Sonoma County Cabernet Sauvignon, $15. ***?
Aromas and flavors of black raspberry, blackberry and cherry, as well as mineral and spice. A good value for the price.