Cline 2002 Oakley Five Reds ($8.39)
This is a very dark reddish-purple wine with a violet edge. As the name implies, it's a blend of five red varieties: Zinfandel, Syrah, Mourvedre, Carignan and Grenache. The Zin seems to dominate the aroma profile, though. It's loaded with jammy berry fruit that carries over on the palate as bright and juicy mixed berries with a dash of black pepper. It's so fruit-forward that it seems soft at first, but lemon-squirt acidity and even a touch of dry tannins appear in a medium-long finish. US Importer: (May 25, 2005)

FOOD MATCH: The wine's ripe fruit made it a natural match with a Euro-style take on macaroni and cheese, pennette with an earthy Mornay-style sauce with Dutch goat cheese and French Comté. It would go well with just about any kind of picnic fare from burgers to barbecue.



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