Cline 2001 California "Oakley Vin Rouge" ($7.99)
Although it's a blend of mostly Rhone varieties - Carignane, Mourvedre, Syrah, Grenache, Cinsaut and Alicante Bouschet - this bright reddish-purple wine's bowl-of-fruit aroma and flavor profile reminds me more of a Beaujolais ... with a wallop of oak. Fresh red-fruit aromas and rosy, cedary, spicy notes of oak rise from the glass. Soft, juicy and bright on the palate, it starts soft but builds lemony acidity as the wine crosses the palate. Simple but refreshing, the oak is forward but not unpleasant, and the wine quaffs mighty well for a low-end price. US Importer: (Jun 22, 2004)

FOOD MATCH: Light, bright fruit makes a fine match with juicy pork chops.



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