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 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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Cline Cellars:
  Cline Cellars was founded in 1982 by Fred Cline, grandson of Valeriano Jacuzzi, founder of Jacuzzi Family Vineyards. Originally located in Oakley, California, the winery was moved in 1991 to Carneros, in Sonoma County, on a 350 acre estate. Cline Cellars produces Chardonnay, Pinot Noir, and Merlot, as well as Rhône varietals such as Syrah, Viognier, Marsanne, and Roussanne. Cha... Read more
  Cline Cellars was founded in 1982 by Fred Cline, grandson of Valeriano Jacuzzi, founder of Jacuzzi Family Vineyards. Originally located in Oakley, California, the winery was moved in 1991 to Carneros, in Sonoma County, on a 350 acre estate. Cline Cellars produces Chardonnay, Pinot Noir, and Merlot, as well as Rhône varietals such as Syrah, Viognier, Marsanne, and Roussanne. Charlie Tsegeletos, the winery’s Director of Winemaking and their winemaker, ensures that the grapes speak for themselves through the wines that he produces. Read less

Member Reviews for Cline Cellars Zinfandel Ancient Vines Contra Costa County

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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: ianrshort
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4.00 5
01/08/2012

Four glasses


External Reviews for Cline Cellars Zinfandel Ancient Vines Contra Costa County

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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.


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Source: Premium Wine & Spirits
06/19/2014

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


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.



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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 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%.

Wine Specs:

Alcohol: 14.5% pH: 3.81

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