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Tuesday, April 24, 2007

Oakley Five Reds 2003

There are a lot of good red blends (or "mutts" as they're sometimes called) on the market right now -- Pillar Box Red, Sarah's Blend, Frontier Red, Red Truck, Jest Red, Red and Big Tattoo Red, to name a few. One that I neglected to try until just recently is the Oakley Five Reds from Cline Cellars.

It's an unusual blend of Syrah, Zinfandel, Petite Sirah, Alicante Bouchet and Mourvèdre. As you might expect, it's robust, rich, and packed with forward fruit flavors of blackberry, cherry and plum, with a peppery finish. An easy drinker with plenty of body and a moderate 13.5 percent alcohol content, Five Reds is a perfect wine to take to a summer barbeque. (And at $10 a bottle, you might want to take two!)
M. Zane Grey, 12:55 PM