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Three Wines Co. Contra Costa County Zinfandel Evangelho Vineyard 2008

Editorial Review by Gregory Dal Piaz:

Intense and liquory on the nose with a deep, rich root vegetal underlay to the oak, framed by slightly jammy black cherry and wild blackberry fruit on the nose. This is intense and plush in the mouth. A very large wine that is seamless, dense but neither particularly chewy nor opaque. The fruit is supported by some serious tannins but it’s all in balance. Lovely boysenberry tones on the palate lead to a slightly plummier profile with a touch of black currant that leads to the long, jammy black currant and wood spice finish. A well-behaved bruiser of a wine. Not for everyone but very good for its type. 92pts

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Matt Cline was born in Inglewood, California in 1961, eighth of nine children. Matt graduated from Notre Dame High School in Sherman Oaks in 1979. He continued his education at the University of California at Berkeley with a degree in entomology in June, 1984. Then Matt studied enology at the University of California at Davis in 1985 and 1986. Matt's winemaking career began in 1982 helping his... Read more
Matt Cline was born in Inglewood, California in 1961, eighth of nine children. Matt graduated from Notre Dame High School in Sherman Oaks in 1979. He continued his education at the University of California at Berkeley with a degree in entomology in June, 1984. Then Matt studied enology at the University of California at Davis in 1985 and 1986. Matt's winemaking career began in 1982 helping his brother at his Oakley winery; in 1985 he began as winemaker and creative director at Cline Cellars. In addition to his position at Cline in 1986 he joined Conn Creek as the assistant winemaker which lasted through 1989. Over the course of his 16-year career at Cline, Matt was responsible for branding Cline Cellars' unique style of winemaking. Cline Cellars' wines have won countless awards including the 1998 Sonoma County Harvest Fair Sweepstakes Award for his 1996 Syrah Los Carneros, selected from among 587 wines. Cline Cellars has also had the distinction of being one of Wine & Spirits Magazine's American Wineries of the Year in both 1999 and 2001. In 2001, Matt started Trinitas Cellars where he concentrated on producing premium, old-vine Zinfandel, Mataro, and Petite Sirah. After building sales to over 9,000 cases, Matt and his wife Erin sold the brand at the end of 2006. Following the sale of Trinitas Cellars, Matt launched S3x (S three times - small, sweet, sips) a botrytis late harvest wine from the Russian River Valley. At the 2008 San Francisco Chronicle Wine Competition the 2006 S3x Late Harvest Riesling won a Sweepstakes Award. The wine was amongst 4,235 wines from over 1,500 wineries across the U.S.A. Along with the S3x brand, Matt will continue to produce Zinfandel, Mataro and Petite Sirah from Contra Costa and Russian River Valley. All of these wines will be produced under the three label, which will be officially released in 2008. When Matt is not racking and perfecting his winemaking techniques, he enjoys fly fishing and gardening as well as relaxing at home in Sonoma with his wife, Erin and their three children. Read less

Editorial Reviews for Three Wines Co. Contra Costa County Zinfandel Evangelho Vineyard

Snooth User: Gregory Dal Piaz
89065231,038
4.50 5
01/28/2011

Intense and liquory on the nose with a deep, rich root vegetal underlay to the oak, framed by slightly jammy black cherry and wild blackberry fruit on the nose. This is intense and plush in the mouth. A very large wine that is seamless, dense but neither particularly chewy nor opaque. The fruit is supported by some serious tannins but it’s all in balance. Lovely boysenberry tones on the palate lead to a slightly plummier profile with a touch of black currant that leads to the long, jammy black currant and wood spice finish. A well-behaved bruiser of a wine. Not for everyone but very good for its type. 92pts


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Snooth User: Kyle Graynor
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3.50 5
08/10/2011

Strong, would definitely overpower any food paired with it. Not very hot. Surprisingly the bouquet is not very strong, but it's still a bit woody.




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