Review: 2009 Clif Family “The Climber” Wines

Did you know: The Clif Bar people don’t just make snacks. They make wine, too.

These athletically-themed labels — both redesigned and updated — are just about to hit the market.

2009 Clif Family Winery The Climber Sauvignon Blanc California – Not a full Sauvignon Blanc — it’s actually a blend of 80% Sauvignon Blanc, 13% Pinot Gris, 5% Riesling, 1% Pinot Meunier, and 1% Muscat — but it may as well be; the other grape characteristics just don’t come through. This is a light-styled white, crisp with apple notes and with a pleasant touch of melon on the tongue, too. Light body, with a clean but rapidly fading finish. Easygoing. B+ / $12

2009 Clif Family Winery The Climber Red California – A kooky blend of 63% Zinfandel, 21% Cabernet Sauvignon, 12% Syrah, 2% Merlot, and 2% Petite Sirah. Tastes pretty much like Zin, but on the watery side. This is a young and fruit-forward wine, but it lacks the burliness of really good Zinfandel. Palatable, but a little boring, to be honest. A pizza wine, as Clif puts it. B- / $12

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