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[label]Medusa 2004 ďOld VineĒ Zinfandel Loverís Lane (Mendocino) Ė This comes with a sporty black extruded synthetic cork, but the wineís not nearly that ominous. Itís powerfully oaky for the first half-hour or so, but later it relaxes into something more approachable (and in fact, the oak mostly lurks in the deep background), showing juicy red-fruited acidity and freshly-crushed berries with a preserved maraschino topnote. Itís a little herky-jerky right now, and I donít know if itís got enough internal integrity to solve itself, but if it does it will always be a higher-acid zin, which isnít unwelcome in these overheated times. (6/07)

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