Five wicked red wines to spice up your Halloween

There are plenty of clever wines for Halloween enthusiasts to consider, but the most important trick is the treat. That means these cleverly packaged reds also have to meet the taste test. Here’s a quick list of bottlings that won’t disappoint your palate:

Poizin, The-Wine-To-Die-For, 2014 Dry Creek Valley Zinfandel, $25. This is a layered zinfandel with zesty spice. Notes of bing cherry, sweet oak and cracked black pepper. Edgy.

Sin Zin, 2014 Alexander Valley Vineyards Zinfandel, $17. A spicy zin with notes of black cherry, plum and pepper. Bright acid. Nice length.

7 Deadly Zins, 2014 Lodi Zinfandel, $16. Aromas and flavors of cranberry, boysenberry and peppercorn. Bright acid. Zesty finish.

Vampire, 2013 California Pinot Noir, $12. A bright pinot noir with good structure. Balanced. Notes of cherry, herbs and oak. Lingering finish.

Ghost Pine’s 2013 Red Blend, $18. A great range of flavors - red and black fruit, coupled with notes of cocoa and brown sugar. A spooky red that’s a steal for the price.

Peg Melnik

Wine, The Press Democrat

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