Seattle Wine Blog

This blog is dedicated to commentary on all aspects of wine, especially short entries to help you find the best wines without the usual hype and spin. These are my frank, independent opinions, usually based on tasting wine at a public event, off the shelf or at the winery. "All creative acts must arise out of a specific soil and flicker with a spirit of place" -D.H. Lawrence

Monday, September 04, 2006

The Little Red Truck That Could

I knew I could, I knew I could, I knew I could said the little red truck as it huffed and puffed to a prominent place among relatively small production (200,000 cases) marketing successes. The little red marketer is Cline Cellars, better know for it's Zinfandels than little red trucks, but much of their income these days is coming from their new line of red and white truck wines and they are not bad. We had the 2004 Red Truck Red at Michelle and Matt's wedding and we were pleasantly surprised by it's complexity and flavor interest. Smooth, yes, slightly sweet and fruity, yes, but interesting nevertheless. Probably the interesting flavor profile comes from the blending of Syrah, Petite Syrah, Cabernet Franc, with touches of Mourvedre and Grenache thrown in. This is actually a real Rhone Ranger blend at a reasonable price (suggested price $11) available in supermarkets. I knew they could, I knew they could, I did?


  • At 2:58 PM, Blogger Beaumont TX Wine Guy said…

    Well we figure out the good cheap wines a little quicker here down in Southeast Texas. I had the Red Truck Red at my daughter's wedding in June 2006 cause my son-in-law is sort a redneck type and the truck on the label made him happy. I can't remember how complex it was as I was drinking it pretty hard due to the rumble I had with my son-in-law earlier in the day. Police and everything. It pretty ended in a draw. The wedding went on and I continue to drink good wines (Washington wines being my favorite) while son-in-law drinks the beer and vodka. There's a lot of complex things here in Southeast Texas besides the wine.

  • At 3:00 PM, Blogger Beaumont TX Wine Guy said…

    Oh by the way Cline has sold it's Red Truck label.

  • At 3:26 PM, Blogger SeattleWineBlog said…

    Hey, Texas wineguy, thanks for your comment. Sounds like your son-in-law needs some Red Neck Red. You, on the other hand, seem to have figured out how to stay mellow in the most complex of situations - drink fine wine from Washington! By the way, do you know who bought the Red Truck from Cline?

  • At 9:43 PM, Blogger SeattleWineBlog said…

    Beaumont tx wineguy, I forgot to ask you what Washington wines you have in Texas.


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