Cline Cellars Zinfandel Ancient Vines Contra Costa County 2012

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To taste the depth and complexity of flavor of an ancient vine grape just before it is harvested is to understand why...

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Agree with the previous reviewer about the ripeness. Fairly big fruity nose,and similar berry hit on the tongue. Disagree on the tannin. To me t... Read more

Ripe fruit, balanced and rather tannic for a zin. Read more

This Zin from Cline is such a good bargain with its smooth tannin, oaked raspberry and cherry flavours with a clean finish, but lately I have notic... Read more

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Snooth User: EMark
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3.50 5
02/20/2014

Agree with the previous reviewer about the ripeness. Fairly big fruity nose,and similar berry hit on the tongue. Disagree on the tannin. To me this one has fairly tame tannin. No problem with sediment--glass is crystal clear. Very pleasant, lingering finish. US$12.99 at Trader Joe's.


Snooth User: RandyFisher
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3.00 5
09/15/2013

Ripe fruit, balanced and rather tannic for a zin.


Snooth User: WalkOnWine
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2.50 5
11/14/2013

This Zin from Cline is such a good bargain with its smooth tannin, oaked raspberry and cherry flavours with a clean finish, but lately I have noticed more than a few "off" bottles (very watery, lacking flavour with some unfiltered residue) that have made me more than a bit wary of the next due to inconsistency!


Snooth User: mikespeer
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3.50 5
Vintage: 2011 01/24/2013

plum, blackberries on the nose.....medium bodied with a smooth long finish


Snooth User: raindance
200154910
3.50 5
Vintage: 2011 12/29/2013

A wine we purchased a case of for Anne/Andy's last February's wedding. The last bottle went down at Christmas dinner 2013. Everybody who tasted it had good things to say about it. We will miss the taste that goes with the memories.


Snooth User: Eric Tinch
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2.00 5
Vintage: 2010 06/12/2012

Light-Medium body. Alcohol on the nose, but wasn't hot in the mouth. Red fruit but not much else going on.


Snooth User: julieimagery
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2.50 5
Vintage: 2009 10/22/2011

Nice and easy drinking but not as fruity as I like. More oaky and spicy and kind of salty. Wouldn't buy again.


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External Reviews for Cline Cellars Zinfandel Ancient Vines Contra Costa County

External Review
Source: Premium Wine & Spirits
02/15/2014

Great value, with jammy black fruit and lots of smoke and spice. Perfect with barbecue or tacos.


External Review
Source: Premium Wine & Spirits
02/15/2014

More serious is the bigger, richer 2012 Zinfandel Ancient Vine, which boasts a dark ruby/purple color as well as peppery, black cherry and black raspberry fruit, and a touch of spicy oak. It was aged eight months in one-third new American oak.


External Review
Source: Premium Wine & Spirits
06/20/2014

A snappy Zinfandel, with smoky raspberry aromas and zesty, user-friendly cherry, anise and spice flavors. Drink now through 2019.


External Review
Source: eVintner Wines and Spirits
Vintage: 2011 10/04/2012

This Ancient Vine Zinfandel has flavors of dark berries, coffee and chocolate with a nice vanilla oakiness that leads into a long lingering finish. It is deep, complex and easy to enjoy. Cline Cellars Website


External Review
Vintage: 2011 11/14/2012

The Oakley ranch, situated 40 miles east of San Francisco, is home to Cline s Ancient Vines - some of the oldest and most rare grapevines in California that range in age from 80 to 120 years old.


External Review
Source: Prestige Wine & Spirits
Vintage: 2009 07/11/2011

Shows wonderful dusty raspberry, blackberry, white pepper and spice, with coffee and chocolate characters. Ripe fruit and soft tannin make this vintage full of mouth-coating richness. Prolonged aging in new and used wood has lent this wine a subtle vanilla quality that nicely complements the explosive fruit notes. Enjoy this wine presently for its effusive black fruit, or cellar for 5-7 years.


External Review
Source: Prestige Wine & Spirits
Vintage: 2009 07/11/2011

Packed with luscious cherry, raspberry and blackberry fruits, but don't be surprised: this full-bodied red jam-master is delightfully silky with a dry, lingering finish. Ancient vines, labelled OV or "old vines," denotes that the grapes come from matured vines - usually a minimum of 40 years old - and offer a greater depth and richness in the wines produced. This is a big red to be paired with red or game meats.


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Ratings & Tags for Cline Cellars Zinfandel Ancient Vines Contra Costa County

1013960 Snooth User: ianrshort
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01/08/2012

1468164 Snooth User: cmmidlo
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3.50 5
02/15/2014

1166732 Snooth User: GoldFork
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4.00 5
2011 02/19/2013

953963 Snooth User: kadlena
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2009 10/15/2011

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2009 08/12/2011

147253 Snooth User: noblige
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2009 05/14/2011

1006268 Snooth User: seemsin
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4.00 5
2009 12/28/2011

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Winemaker's Notes:

To taste the depth and complexity of flavor of an ancient vine grape just before it is harvested is to understand why the wine made from them is so special. Ancient Vines Zinfandel has flavors of dark berries, coffee and chocolate with great vanilla oak character and a long lingering finish. This wine has it roots in the Cline family's 80 to 100-year old vines in Oakley. From these historic holdings the wine has grown to include grapes sourced from California's finest zinfandel regions. Wonderful, fat strawberry, with coffee and chocolate characters. Ripe fruit and soft tannins make this a mouth-coating rich vintage. Food Pairing: Ripe fruit and soft tannins make this mouth coating rich vintage a nice complement to pasta dishes with a light tomato sauce or grilled meats. Alcohol 14.5%.

To taste the depth and complexity of flavor of an ancient vine grape just before it is harvested is to understand why the wine made from them is so special. Ancient Vines Zinfandel has flavors of dark berries, coffee and chocolate with great vanilla oak character and a long lingering finish. This wine has it roots in the Cline family's 80 to 100-year old vines in Oakley. From these historic holdings the wine has grown to include grapes sourced from California's finest zinfandel regions. Wonderful, fat strawberry, with coffee and chocolate characters. Ripe fruit and soft tannins make this a mouth-coating rich vintage. Food Pairing: Ripe fruit and soft tannins make this mouth coating rich vintage a nice complement to pasta dishes with a light tomato sauce or grilled meats. Alcohol 14.5%.

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Chemical Analysis:

Alcohol: 14.5% pH: 3.81

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