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Smooth and fruity - yum! Read more
An outstanding "grocery store wine", a beautiful Zinfandel. Inexpensive and widely available and of high quality. Read more
This was an interesting idea, but less singular than the "ancient vine" label suggested. That said, a very good value as it is a full flavored wine. Read more
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Smooth and fruity - yum!
An outstanding "grocery store wine", a beautiful Zinfandel. Inexpensive and widely available and of high quality.
This was an interesting idea, but less singular than the "ancient vine" label suggested. That said, a very good value as it is a full flavored wine.
Great for the price
External Reviews for Cline Cellars Zinfandel California
Twenty years ago Fred Cline helped to begin the “Rhone Ranger” movement by bucking the trend for Cabernet and Chardonnay, focusing instead on hearty old vine Zinfandel, Mourvedre, Syrah and Petite Sirah amongst others. Today Cline Cellars is known throughout the wine world as a leading producer of Rhone varietals as well as Zinfandel, and is on my radar for creating the benchmark Old Vine line including Mourvedre, Small Berry Mourvedre, Zinfandel and Carignan from century old vines in the white sandy vineyards of Oakley in Contra Costa County. Cline performs beautifully as well in the under $10 category, with its California appellation line including a luscious Syrah, brambly Zin, and now this blend of five reds (list is $11 but it is more often found around $8.99). It is a blend of 41% Syrah, 27% Zinfandel, 22% Petite Sirah, 10% Alicante Bouschet, and 1% Mourvedre. Because the Syrah comes from both Sonoma and the Central Coast the wine defers to the California appellation. It is very complex and intriguing with notes of strawberry jam, cherry pie, vanilla bean ice cream, tarragon, and barnyard, or “animale,” and is very lively in texture. Mouthfilling from the get go, it then lightens and ends up with a mouthpuckering funkiness that is just screaming for another bite of a hearty winter dish.
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