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Cline Cellars Zinfandel Lodi 2015

Editorial Review by Gregory Dal Piaz:

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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Cline Cellars:
  Cline Cellars was founded in 1982 by Fred Cline, grandson of Valeriano Jacuzzi, founder of Jacuzzi Family Vineyards. Originally located in Oakley, California, the winery was moved in 1991 to Carneros, in Sonoma County, on a 350 acre estate. Cline Cellars produces Chardonnay, Pinot Noir, and Merlot, as well as Rhône varietals such as Syrah, Viognier, Marsanne, and Roussanne. Cha... Read more
  Cline Cellars was founded in 1982 by Fred Cline, grandson of Valeriano Jacuzzi, founder of Jacuzzi Family Vineyards. Originally located in Oakley, California, the winery was moved in 1991 to Carneros, in Sonoma County, on a 350 acre estate. Cline Cellars produces Chardonnay, Pinot Noir, and Merlot, as well as Rhône varietals such as Syrah, Viognier, Marsanne, and Roussanne. Charlie Tsegeletos, the winery’s Director of Winemaking and their winemaker, ensures that the grapes speak for themselves through the wines that he produces. Read less

Editorial Reviews for Cline Cellars Zinfandel Lodi

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


Member Reviews for Cline Cellars Zinfandel Lodi

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Snooth User: connie7899
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3.00 5
Vintage: 2013 03/24/2016

More like a robust cab than a zin. Missing the zin sweetness. Well balanced. Would buy again but it was not on target with the varietal.


Snooth User: RandyFisher
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3.50 5
Vintage: 2012 06/26/2014

Nice everyday zin.


4.50 5
Vintage: 2012 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
Vintage: 2012 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
    905326337
    4.50 5
    Vintage: 2010 04/18/2012

    Old fruit, dried berries. Pepper.


    Snooth User: Jtejml
    929258159
    3.00 5
    Vintage: 2010 04/18/2012

    Full flavored Zin with a peppery finish


    Snooth User: Winehorn
    3657488
    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.


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    External Reviews for Cline Cellars Zinfandel Lodi

    External Review
    Vintage: 2012 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
    Vintage: 2012 07/14/2015

    Cline makes a lot of this wine and they do a good job with it. Soft and leathery in spicy baked plum and blackberry, this is a perfect wine to pair with a myriad of midweek meals and outdoor parties.


    External Review
    Vintage: 2012 07/14/2015

    Cline has always done well with Zinfandel, and the 2012 Zinfandel Lodi (100% Zinfandel; 150,000 cases produced) is a straightforward, soft, consumer-friendly example revealing attractive briery, peppery fruit, no hard edges, attractive weight, and a soft finish. It is meant to be drunk in its first year of life.


    External Review
    Vintage: 2010 01/24/2013

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


    External Review
    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.


    External Review
    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
    Vintage: 2009 01/17/2012

    The soft, easygoing, straightforward, round 2009 Zinfandel Ancient Vine (50,000 cases produced), while not terribly complex, is satisfying in a monolithic style.


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