Zinfandel, Román by Marietta Cellars | 2018
Family owned and operated since 1978, Marietta Cellars does Zinfandel right. Their wines are never "over the top," always balanced with perfectly ripe fruit and savory spice, like this 2018 Román. It's full throttle with wild raspberries, blackberries, and strawberries, and underneath the fruit there are inviting smells of lavender, candied licorice, and hot stones. In classic Zin fashion, the tannins are soft and melt away into a long finish, making this an unusual but perfect pairing for anything that has a bit of exotic spice, like Southern-style barbecue, Mexican cookout, or Thai street food. You can roam the globe with Zinfandel, if it's Marietta!