2009 Cline Oakley fiveREDS – California

When I was driving in Sonoma on a warm September Friday, I saw this sign on the side of the highway…

Of course, I had to stop.   The rose was nice, but I decided to pick up the Oakley fiveREDS blend.   This is a tasty blend of Merlot (47%), Syrah (13%), Barbera (12%), Alicante Bouchet (10%), Petite Sirah (10%).   It smells like crushed berries and something spicy.   On the mouthfeel, I definitely get the fruity qualities of the Merlot, and the finish is a bit black peppery.   Most of the fruit in this wine is cool climate and you definitely taste the acidity.   My friends and I popped this bottle open with some cranberry chili meatballs and it was a nice combo!




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