Cline Cellars Zinfandel California 2005
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
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.
Well balanced, great for price. Nice fruit.
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.
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 :)
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