Cline 2000 California Zinfandel ($9.99)
This clear, dark garnet wine offers a blast of perfumed fruit aromas, mixed berries and vanilla; swirling the wine in the glass brings out marked raspberry scents. It is full and warm in flavor, with a hint of prickliness on the tongue and a hot sensation borne on high (14.8%) alcoholic content. Mixed-berry flavors are intense but seem almost overripe, slightly sweet and low in acid, a bit on the soft side. It's a mass-market crowd-pleaser in a distinctly "New World" style. US Importer: (Aug 31, 2002)

FOOD MATCH: Charcoal-grilled lamb chops work well, highlighting the wine's berry flavors and adding balance.



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