Cline Cellars Zinfandel California 2012

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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

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This is one of my favourite zinfandels - it's a regular on my wine rack. Guests love its bold and smooth flavour with lovely aftertones - its wond... 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
Vintage: 2010 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: RandyFisher
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3.50 5
06/26/2014

Nice everyday zin.


4.50 5
06/09/2012

This is one of my favourite zinfandels - it's a regular on my wine rack. Guests love its bold and smooth flavour with lovely aftertones - its wonderful with a bucatini pasta dish or with strong cheeses. Love this wine.


Snooth User: kristinwino
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3.00 5
02/13/2014

Lodi Zin described on the bottle as strawberry & other fruits, but i found it to have strong tobacco smoke. very likeable, but high sulfites gave me an allergic reaction.

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  • Snooth User: Nathan Ophardt
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    4.50 5
    Vintage: 2010 04/18/2012

    Old fruit, dried berries. Pepper.


    Snooth User: Jtejml
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    3.00 5
    Vintage: 2010 04/18/2012

    Full flavored Zin with a peppery finish


    Snooth User: Winehorn
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    3.00 5
    Vintage: 2010 01/20/2008

    This is an economical, bold meritage. This is a very good table wine that pairs well with everything from scallops to hamburgers.


    0.00 5
    Vintage: 2010 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.


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    External Reviews for Cline Cellars Zinfandel California

    External Review
    Source: We Speak Wine
    07/04/2013

    Our lodi zinfandel is a challenging and rewarding wine to produce. Strict selection criteria and master blending show in the final product, which showcases dark berry flavors including black cherry and strawberry. Spice notes, a lasting finish of vanilla from oak aging, and firm, supple tannins add complexity. - WineryAlcohol: 14.0%Total Acidity: .66g/100mlFinal pH: 3.84Residual Sugar: .35%


    External Review
    Source: We Speak Wine
    Vintage: 2011 01/03/2013

    As always the California Zinfandel is a challenging and rewarding wine to produce. Severe selection criteria and master blending show in the final product, which showcases a wide array of dark berry fruit including black cherry and strawberry. Additionally, spice notes and a lasting finish of vanilla from oak aging and firm, supple tannins add complexity to this wine. - Charles G. Tsegeletos, WinemakerAlcohol: 14.0%Brix at Harvest: 24.3°Total Acidity: .68g/100mlFinal pH: 3.79Residual Sugar: .35%Oak Aging: 8 months


    External Review
    Source: We Speak Wine
    Vintage: 2011 07/04/2013

    As always the California Zinfandel is a challenging and rewarding wine to produce. Severe selection criteria and master blending show in the final product, which showcases a wide array of dark berry fruit including black cherry and strawberry. Additionally, spice notes and a lasting finish of vanilla from oak aging and firm, supple tannins add complexity to this wine. - Charles G. Tsegeletos, WinemakerAlcohol: 14.0%Brix at Harvest: 24.3°Total Acidity: .68g/100mlFinal pH: 3.79Residual Sugar: .35%Oak Aging: 8 months ** SOLD OUT **


    External Review
    Source: Vines Wine and Spirits
    Vintage: 2010 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
    Source: We Speak Wine
    Vintage: 2010 01/24/2012

    As always the California Zinfandel is a challenging and rewarding wine to produce. Severe selection criteria and master blending show in the final product, which showcases a wide array of dark berry fruit including black cherry and strawberry. Additionally, spice notes and a lasting fi nish of vanilla from oak aging and fi rm, supple tannins add complexity to this wine. - Charles G. Tsegeletos, WinemakerFOOD PAIRINGWith its smooth structure and rich, berry fl avors, the California Zinfandel pairs best with bold-fl avored foods such as penne putanesca, grilled steak or chili con carne.TECHNICAL DATAHarvest Date: September 9 to October 20Alcohol: 14.0%Brix at Harvest: 24.1°Total Acidity: .66 g/100mlFinal pH: 3.66Residual Sugar: .33%Oak Aging: 8 months


    External Review
    Source: Premium Wine & Spirits
    Vintage: 2010 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
    Vintage: 2010 12/09/2011

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


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    Ratings & Tags for Cline Cellars Zinfandel California

    937071 Snooth User: annecara
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    2010 08/05/2012

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    Winemaker's Notes:

    "As always the California Zinfandel is a challenging and rewarding wine to produce. We continue to strive to maintain the quality and price people have come to expect from our "Cal Zin." Severe selection criteria and master blending show in the final product, which showcases a wide array of dark berry fruit including black cherry and raspberry. Additionally, 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." -Winery

    "As always the California Zinfandel is a challenging and rewarding wine to produce. We continue to strive to maintain the quality and price people have come to expect from our "Cal Zin." Severe selection criteria and master blending show in the final product, which showcases a wide array of dark berry fruit including black cherry and raspberry. Additionally, 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." -Winery

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