Monday, February 20, 2006

Cline Ancient Vines Zinfandel 2004 Wine Review (NW)

Alcohol-intensive nose of dark berries and cocoa
Dense core on the palate
Rich, gamy finish

Zinfandel is an amazing varietal, but can be difficult to finesse through a meal. It's strong, powerful, and high in alcohol (often above 15%).

This wine from Cline seems somewhat alcohol-intensive, as if it never really burns off. For me, that gets in the way of the flavors. Typically priced around $12, it can be a real value in good years. The 2004, though, is a little strong and out of balance. If you like powerful Zinfandel, you might just enjoy and it won't break the bank. Raise a glass!

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