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The Lodi Zin 2003 boasts rich and spicy red fruit aromas.

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For those who enjoy wine on a regular basis, belonging to a wine club is an excellent way to keep an adequate supply on hand. Many wineries run them. The wines are customarily selected especially for subscribers and provide discounts, early releases, special events and often a variety or blend that may not be available to the general public. For the much more limited kosher market, private wine clubs are currently run out of California by the Hagafen Cellars in Napa, the Covenant Winery in Berkeley and the Herzog Wine Cellars in Oxnard. They are all outstanding producers of kosher wine with worthwhile wine clubs.

We recently enjoyed a wonderful example of a wine-club exclusive bottling of kosher wine with the Herzog Limited Edition Lodi Zinfandel 2003. Recently opened, it displayed rich and spicy red fruit aromas and a balanced structure that belied its age. It was still fruity and showed the characteristic dark and red fruit flavors, pepper, anise and spiciness with hints of oak in the unexpectedly lengthy finish. Certainly mellower than younger Zins and also lacking any burn despite its 14.5 percent alcohol, it was a delightful surprise and further evidence that consumers can truly benefit when the winemaker delivers a distinctive selection.

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