Cline Cellars Red Blend California Oakley Five Reds 2009
RiceSelect's creamy Arborio gets blended with sweet potato, coconut milk and vanilla to create this decadent cheesecake. Pairs well with Saunternes; a white dessert wine that has hints of coconut from aging in oak barrels.
This is very similar to Big House Red, with a nice fruity range, rather long finish, and nice balance of dryness and tannins. I have read others say that this wine (in other vintages) is their everyday/go to wine. I understand why. This wine is well priced, has a great taste, and pairs well with many American dinners. I think Cline has done a great job on this wine, and it places second only to Big House Red for me in this genre of California blends.
I found this to be elegant; a zin to be enjoyed alone.
External Reviews for Cline Cellars Red Blend California Oakley Five Reds
Medium red. Musky berries, roast coffee and a whiff of maple syrup on the nose. Creamy-sweet in an old-vines way, showing good breadth to its dark berry, chocolate and coffee flavors. Finishes with smooth tannins and a peppery nuance. Very ripe zinfandel but could use more primary fruit and lift.
Much better are the 2011 and 2010 Ancient Vines Zinfandels. This wine spends about eight months in American oak, and both vintages look very good. They are also quite similar in style. Medium-bodied, with good acid, sweet berry fruit, some pepper, incense and spice, the 2011 seems just a tad fresher.
Zesty and a bit rustic, with dried and baked cherry notes backed with anise and pepper. Tannins firm the finish. Drink now through 2015.
Soft but still zesty, with appealing notes of ripe black cherry, caramel and spice. Drink now through 2017.
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