Wine Review: Cline Zinfandel

cline_zinfandelToo Young, But Cheap Enough To Put Away

Cline is a popular producer in the Sonoma region of California. Their Zinfandel is one of their most popular varietals and it’s definitely worth a bottle at this price.

Color

Rich, dark cherry juice. Still thin, but it’s only an ’07.

Nose

Peppery with a nice clear shot of vanilla. The fruit is not coming through very much, making the nose a bit lackluster.

Taste

Here’s some of the fruit: black cherries, blackberries, and a touch of–if you can believe this–rhubarb. The rhubarb i’s what provides the sour and bitter, and it’s rather off-putting. Vanilla on the mid-palate, which gets a bit heavy-handed. Finally, pepper is back with a vengeance and takes a comfy seat in the finish. Overall, not a bad effort, but far too young for drinking now. Leave it in the closet for a year at least.

With Food

Nothing right now, but when the time is right, grilled steak or lamb. Steak au poivre would be perfect, along with some stinky cheeses.

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