Three and a half glasses
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Cline makes a gorgeous array of single-vineyard Zins, but for all-purpose Zin-enjoyment you canrsquo;t beat this ripe, zaftig wine made largely from old-vine Contra Costa county grapes. Wild berries, brambles, white chocolate and even a hint of mint are married in a heady brew with smooth tannins and well-toned acids.
I like this Zin a lot for its exuberant varietal character. Itrsquo;s jam-packed with bright cherry, raspberry and peppery spice flavors, with good acids and tannins, and is nicely dry and balanced. Great price, too.
Clinersquo;s California bottling may be, year in and year out, the best $10 Zin in the state. Old vine vineyards are the reason. The wine is built on a backbone of Contra Costa county fruit from low yielding, head-pruned vines that average more than 50 years of age. Vibrant black cherry and raspberry fruit, layered seductively, builds into a tangy climax that is bursting with fresh, jammy flavors.
As always, the California Zinfandel is both challenging and rewarding to produce. Severe selection criteria and master blending are evident in the final product, which showcases a wide array of dark berry flavors-especially black cherry and strawberry. Firm, supple tannins are complemented by nice spice notes and a lasting vanilla fi nish, both derived from oak aging. Though ready to drink now, the California Zinfandel will continue to develop complexity over the next three to four years. - Charles G. Tsegeletos, Winemaker ** SOLD OUT **
The 2009 Zinfandel California (80,000 cases produced) is a straightforward, jammy, richly fruity effort that makes a mockery of many overpriced Zinfandels. It delivers plenty of briery, peppery, spicy fruit in a medium-bodied, luscious format meant to be consumed over the next 1ndash;2 years.
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