Tonight I put together a hearty dish to warm us up in the cold, windy weather, Beef with Spicy Cocoa Gravy and Whole Grain Egg Noodles . I picked a zinfandel from our stash of wine to go with this meal. The 2001 Lamborn Family Vineyards The Cork Report Zinfandel Howell Mountain was a gift from good friends (Tim and Kendra) a year or two ago. I have not had Lamborn Family wines before and was quite not sure what to expect. Big purple fruit bomb or delicate fruit with pepper? Turned out it has earthy mushroom and dark fruit on the nose. The palate shows really good balance between dark cherry and currant, and round, full tannins. A really good, not to overly fruity Zin. Repeating: Great balance! A great wine for a hearty winter dinner or just to enjoy on it's own with good friends. Find it at http://www.wine-searcher.com/ from $33.