2008 Cline Ancient Vines Zinfandel: An autumn wine, kind of woody, slightly sweet.
july 9 and july 11, 2010: greg poured himself a glass of this on both of these nights (the first night was after a steak). victoria misses these more serious reds, which are both warm and round. this californian is from a reliable vineyard for us, and i think we bought this at sam's. victoria thought it was kind of sweet, with round flavors and a good mix of acidity and tannins. an easy wine to drink, and to like. greg has always been a fan of cline.
this column runs as "bottle by bottle" in the evansville courier and press twice or so a month. the focus is on wines, food and how they intersect. if i receive gifts, i'll tell you. photo credits are noted. i buy most of my wines from winetree, varsity liquors, schnucks, the fresh market, kwik liquor and winestyles (in evansville, ind.); big red liquors and sahara mart (in bloomington, ind.); vecchio's italian market (in newburgh, ind.); whole foods (in st. louis); and binny's (in chicago.) also, i do try a number of wines that i don't necessarily mention in the column, through travels to france and other markets (germany, hungary, italy, etc.) that don't sell wines i can find here. those experiences factor into my tasting descriptions, even if i don't mention them in the column, so keep all that in mind. i write the column to tell my readers in the evansville, ind., area what i consider to be flavorful, balanced and good-value wines for sale in this area.