Price: $9.29 at Total Wine
Style: The “Anna“ (a pleasant medium body with simple fruit flavors)
Recommendation: “Have a glass or two”
Our second Zinfandel of the month was a step down from the Zen of Zin, which kind of surprised me from Cline. This bottle isn’t bad, but it isn’t really good either. The medium strength nose carried basic red fruit and the palate follows that one dimensional theme with more of the straight-forward cherry flavors. There was also a bit of a metallic bite when first poured which was not very pleasant, but that admittedly burned off pretty quickly. Unfortunately, it left some excess acidity in its wake. Overall the flavors were somewhat un-concentrated and simple, and the body was a bit too light to recommend. This isn’t bad, but we can do better, even at this price.
Cline has many other wonderful Zinfandels that are great examples of what this grape can do. Although their entry-level offering didn’t quite hit the mark, give them a try if you’re interested in dropping $30 or $40 on your next Zin evening.