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Notes on the Cline Cellars California Zinfandel 2005 375 Ml : 375ML Half BottleWINEMAKER NOTES: A wide array of dark ...Read more...
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I'm getting more into Zinfandel as I learn more about what I like. That said, this one isn't the best but my taste for Zin gives it a boost. Also, ... Read more
Bright ruby-red zinfandel with a lot of herbal aromas up front. A tiny bit of over-extraction, I suspect. Palate is blackberry, herbs, and mineral,... Read more
Well balanced, great for price. Nice fruit. Read more
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I'm getting more into Zinfandel as I learn more about what I like. That said, this one isn't the best but my taste for Zin gives it a boost. Also, the price is right. Nose is a bit hot but not unpleasant. Mellow fruits and spices while drinking, giving over to the heat again on the finish.
Bright ruby-red zinfandel with a lot of herbal aromas up front. A tiny bit of over-extraction, I suspect. Palate is blackberry, herbs, and mineral, with the fruit taking a bit of a back seat to the other elements. Not a small wine, at 14.5%. Tangy finish is reminiscent of a cabernet franc. Good if you don't like your zins to taste huge, but want them to be big in alcohol. Not as much spice as the Dry Creek Heritage Zin, and not entirely true to the varietal characteristics. Still, easier to pair with food than many jammy zins. Would go well with pasta with pesto, minestrone soup, and other Italian dishes. PS. Significantly truer to variety on day 2. Perhaps a bit young to really drink? Try after 3/08.
Well balanced, great for price. Nice fruit.
Dark, jammy, hints of molasses. Might have been better if we'd decanted it.
oak/Chocolate/berries/spice Old Wood/Earthy Aroma Stout Long Finish
Great for price and interesting flavor and tones- complex yet light.
Everything a straightforward zin should be - big, bright fruit very with raisin notes, light...simple, delicious, drinkable... I love having it on hand just to drink by itself, though I suppose it would be great with food as well :)
External Reviews for Cline Cellars Zinfandel California
Lumped into the larger Central Coast AVA until 1999 – and now included in the slightly smaller San Francisco Bay AVA – the century old vineyards that remain in Contra Costa County are shrinking daily. Pre-Prohibition, more than 6,000 acres were planted and the area was home to 27 wineries. Today some 1,500 acres are planted to Zinfandel, Mourvèdre, Carignane – “kerrigan” in local dialect – Alicante Bouchet, Chardonnay and Palomino, but not a single winery remains. Old vines of all types are common here and give dense, richly fruited wines. Most vines are gnarly, dry farmed and have taken 75 to 120 years of head-pruning. Light sandy soil facilitates drainage and allows for deep root penetration by vines. Crops are small, with an average of 1.5 tons per acre. This ruby red wine is not so much about Zinfandel as it is about terroir. With notes of farmlands, hay, and fresh rural air – like that of Central Marin after a rainstorm – as well as mineral and wet cement tones, it is only after some breathing that the full force of the fruit comes to life. Herbal notes of sage and tarragon play a supporting role as vivacious strawberry, rhubarb, and dried cranberry fruit notes take center stage. This is one great American wine, and is very fairly priced.
This mouth-coating Zinfandel offers flavors of toasted caramel and dark berries. With soft tannins and a lasting vanilla finish, the Ancient Vine Zin is dangerously easy drinking.
Notes on the Cline Cellars California Zinfandel 2005 375 Ml : 375ML Half BottleWINEMAKER NOTES: A wide array of dark berry fruit including black cherry and raspberry with spice notes and a lasting finish of vanilla from oak aging and firm, supple tannins add complexity to a wine whose average vine age is, remarkably, more than 50 years old. CLINE CELLARS CALIFORNIA ZINFANDEL 2005 375 ML
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