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Clif Family Gary's Improv Zinfandel Napa Valley 2009

Editorial Review by Gregory Dal Piaz:

Very varietal on the nose, a bit creamy and with a nice oak spice base. This delivers plenty of brambly blackberry fruit with gentle, almost floral top notes and a hint of Red Hots. Soft, creamy and rich in the mouth, there’s plenty of fresh black cherry and black plum fruit here and it really lies over the oak like a blanket. On the finish, the oak pops through with caramel and butterscotch flavors along with drying tannins. There’s also a bit of heat here marring the finish. This is a fairly big, rich and intense example of Zinfandel, structured and dense. 88pts

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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
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Editorial Reviews for Clif Family Gary's Improv Zinfandel Napa Valley

Snooth User: Gregory Dal Piaz
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3.50 5
08/06/2012

Very varietal on the nose, a bit creamy and with a nice oak spice base. This delivers plenty of brambly blackberry fruit with gentle, almost floral top notes and a hint of Red Hots. Soft, creamy and rich in the mouth, there’s plenty of fresh black cherry and black plum fruit here and it really lies over the oak like a blanket. On the finish, the oak pops through with caramel and butterscotch flavors along with drying tannins. There’s also a bit of heat here marring the finish. This is a fairly big, rich and intense example of Zinfandel, structured and dense. 88pts




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