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Gary's Improv Zinfandel 2005

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Winemaking Notes:The 2005 Garys Improv Zinfandel was sourced from Somerston Vineyards located in the eastern hills of the Napa Valley, about 10 miles east of the Silverado Trail. The majority of Somerston Vineyard is planted between 1000 and 2500 feet elevations, creating a cool micro-climate. Aged for 18 months in 75% used and 25% new American oak. Wine Notes:Aromas of chocolate, spice and a bit of violet mingle with flavors of black pepper and blackberry jam to create a bold yet smooth wine. The finish is long and soft. 97% Zinfandel, 3% Petite Sirah

Region: USA » California » Napa

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Color: Red
Varietal: Zinfandel
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Clif Family Winery:
Clif Family Winery & Farm was founded in 2004 in St. Helena, California. Owners Gary Erickson & Kit Crawford, along with winemaker Sarah Gott, are focused on making high quality wines that sustain the natural resources of the local community and bring awareness of organic and sustainable farming to others. Fruit for Clif Family Wine is sourced from some of the best vineyards in the Napa Valle... Read more
Clif Family Winery & Farm was founded in 2004 in St. Helena, California. Owners Gary Erickson & Kit Crawford, along with winemaker Sarah Gott, are focused on making high quality wines that sustain the natural resources of the local community and bring awareness of organic and sustainable farming to others. Fruit for Clif Family Wine is sourced from some of the best vineyards in the Napa Valley and North Coast appellations. Clif Family wines include The Climber White, The Climber Red, Gary’s Improv and kit’s killer cab, a Cabernet Sauvignon blend from Napa Valley. Read less

External Reviews for Gary's Improv Zinfandel

External Review
Source: AmericanWinery.com
02/25/2009

A night full of Improv is just what this girl needs from time to time. This Meritage starts out just right with Junior Mints and Good-n-Plenty. There is a hint of earth in there as well - as if I dug those candies out of my garden. . . on the palate it changes a bit for me. There is a similar anise component but it's softened by hints of nutmeg and ripe blackberries. The tannins grip nicely, and the finish is nice and mellow. Tasty and delicious. And somehow not at all like Fergie.


External Review
Source: AmericanWinery.com
02/25/2009

Getting some dark fruit and a slight cinnamon aspect on the nose of this wine. The taste adds a little more spice to this meritage with the finish being a tad drying but pleasant.


External Review
Source: AmericanWinery.com
02/25/2009

I did Improv all through college, and knowing a little something about winging it and keeping your fingers crossed, I can see where this wine got its name! The nose is blueberries sprinkled with cinnamon and sugar, and the cinnamon blueberry action follows into the taste. Where's this weird soy sauce component coming from? Like an unexpected character jumping into an improv scene, the soy sauce catches me off guard and I have to take a get my bearings. The finish is dry humor, with a little tasty spice like a saucy love interest introduced to the scene last-minute. Overall, the story-line is cohesive and entertaining. I'd watch Gary's Improv again!



Winemaking Notes:The 2005 Garys Improv Zinfandel was sourced from Somerston Vineyards located in the eastern hills of the Napa Valley, about 10 miles east of the Silverado Trail. The majority of Somerston Vineyard is planted between 1000 and 2500 feet elevations, creating a cool micro-climate. Aged for 18 months in 75% used and 25% new American oak. Wine Notes:Aromas of chocolate, spice and a bit of violet mingle with flavors of black pepper and blackberry jam to create a bold yet smooth wine. The finish is long and soft. 97% Zinfandel, 3% Petite Sirah

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