1995 Cline Cotes d'Oakley Vin Rouge ($9).

Wine of the week

September 22, 1996|By Michael Dresser

Savvy consumers know that the best values in California red wine are not well-known varietals such as cabernet sauvignon and merlot, but proprietary blends made from lesser-known grapes such as carignane and mourvedre. The Cotes d'Oakley is an excellent example. It's a deliciously earthy melange of Rhone varietals, with fine intensity, bold character and appealing flavors of blackberry, blueberry and bacon. Cline, if you haven't noticed, is red-hot these days, producing brilliant zinfandels and mourvedres.

Pub Date: 9/22/96

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