Cline Cellars Zinfandel California 2010

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Cline Ancient Vines Zinfandel shows wonderful, fat strawberry, with coffee and chocolate characters. Aging in new and...

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A little blueberry toned on the nose with some cocoa and a nice, aromatic wood note accenting the black raspberry fruit. This is light and fairly b... Read more

Old fruit, dried berries. Pepper. Read more

Full flavored Zin with a peppery finish Read more

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Editorial Reviews for Cline Cellars Zinfandel California

Snooth User: Gregory Dal Piaz
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0.00 5
07/30/2012

A little blueberry toned on the nose with some cocoa and a nice, aromatic wood note accenting the black raspberry fruit. This is light and fairly bright, with acidity supporting the blueberry notes from the nose. There’s a light lashing of vanilla here along with some toasty wood spice accenting the core of light blackberry fruit. Easy and smooth with soft tannins and juicy tannins making this easy to drink, though it does drop off a touch on the finish. 86pts


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Snooth User: Nathan Ophardt
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4.50 5
04/18/2012

Old fruit, dried berries. Pepper.


Snooth User: Jtejml
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3.00 5
04/18/2012

Full flavored Zin with a peppery finish


0.00 5
07/21/2012

One step up in price is the Cline Ancient Vines Zinfandel. A lot of producers have “old vine zinfandel” but Cline is the only one I know of that sells an “ancient vines zinfandel.” It sounds like a marketing name to me, and it is. Old vines are known to create fruit with more concentrated flavors than younger vines, and that’s the appeal of old vine zinfandel. But, it’s not a regulated classification. Old vines may be 30-40 years old or more, but there’s no official age that denotes a vine as old, much less “ancient.” UPDATE: According to Cline Cellars, the vines used for their Ancient Vines Zinfandel are 80+ years old. The fruit in this wine come primarily from Lodi (63% of the blend), with the balance coming from Mendocino, Sonoma and Lake County, California. This wine was aged for seven months in 30% new American oak, with the balance in neutral oak. There’s a lot going on in the nose of this wine. Cherry aromas, plum, coffee, vanilla and a wisp of smoke all swirl about. The palate is spicy, with blackberry and cherry flavors up front, a little bit of cocoa on the mid-palate and a spicy cherry finish. The acidity is perfect and soft tannins give the wine a nice mouth feel. This one is a little less jammy and more approachable than the other Cline zinfandel, but they’re both enjoyable wines.


External Reviews for Cline Cellars Zinfandel California

External Review
12/24/2012

Much better are the 2011 and 2010 Ancient Vines Zinfandels. This wine spends about eight months in American oak, and both vintages look very good. They are also quite similar in style. Medium-bodied, with good acid, sweet berry fruit, some pepper, incense and spice, the 2011 seems just a tad fresher.


External Review
12/24/2012

Soft but still zesty, with appealing notes of ripe black cherry, caramel and spice. Drink now through 2017.


External Review
01/25/2013

Soft but still zesty, with appealing notes of ripe black cherry, caramel and spice. Drink now through 2017. 62,300 cases made.


External Review
12/09/2011

Ancient Vines Zinfandel has flavors of dark berries, coffee and chocolate with great vanilla oak character and a long lingering finish.


Ratings & Tags for Cline Cellars Zinfandel California

937071 Snooth User: annecara
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01/15/2012

Winemaker's Notes:

Cline Ancient Vines Zinfandel shows wonderful, fat strawberry, with coffee and chocolate characters. Aging in new and used wood has lent this wine a subtle vanilla quality that nicely complements the explosive fruit notes.

Cline Ancient Vines Zinfandel shows wonderful, fat strawberry, with coffee and chocolate characters. Aging in new and used wood has lent this wine a subtle vanilla quality that nicely complements the explosive fruit notes.

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Notes: Oak, 6 months.

Chemical Analysis:

Alcohol: 15% pH: 3.82
Sugar: .32 grams per liter Total Acidity: .63 grams per liter

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