California; 14.0% ABV
$4 at the Richmond, CA, store on 10 Feb
Cline, like Ravenswood, is another Zinfandel producer I’ve enjoyed a long time, so I had to pick up even this generic bottling at such a low price. This does not much resemble the Cline Zinfandels of my hazy memories, but it’s reasonably tasty wine for the price.
This wine is pretty tasty right away, but it darkens and fills out with an hour or three of air. Then, it shows medium full-bodied, jammy flavors of blueberry, boysenberry, and cherry. For my taste, it’s a bit too fruity and has too much of the artificial vanilla of American oak, but it’s an enjoyably Drinkable quaffer.
There was about a glass’ worth left in the stoppered bottle. The next day, its flavors were more integrated and a little more acid, but it was otherwise much the same.