I reviewed Red Truck originally here and since then skipped it altogether. A 2005 came into my possession recently so I figured I may as well pop the cork and get it out of the way. It was that or I'd be forced to re-gift it, which just wouldn't have worked out because the wine is just okay.
Red Truck was pricier then and I don't remember Cline Cellars hanging a vintage on it. Today the cost is down to around $8.00 (California money) and the wine is better. It comes off a little sickly sweet on the first sip but the air tones that down a bit. The icky sticky sweetness stays on the nose for a while longer (you can smell it but you can't taste it as much) and eventually fades.
Cline Cellars makes a decent old vine Zinfandel but the best thing about this Plain Red is still that really cool label. A little unfair to be sure, because the wine is drinkable. Well, Spectator's lowly 85 might make you think twice about whether the wine is ACTUALLY drinkable. Yet it might work fine for a mid-week supper of pasta with red sauce, garlic bread, and Caprese.
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