2008 Cline Ancient Vines Zinfandel: Earthy, sweet, smooth, with some tannins
dec. 2, 2010: we're in leftover heaven, first because my parents left on a long trip, and second because we prepared our own meals that have been filling up space in our refrigerator. after a long day (for different reasons) for both of us, we opened up this californian, which in terms of brands, is an old standard for us. we like cline; it's been good to us. and this particular red zin is earthy, balanced, and slightly sweet ("please see greg's previous comments on this") so that it was a good match against andouille brats, leftover green beans/broccoli, chicken noodles and mashed potatoes. 15 percent alcohol. schnucks.
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.