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Cline Zinfandel Ancient Vines Contra Costa 2014

External Review by WineExpress.com:

Here's a wine that the family-0wned Cline Cellars is famous for. Ancient Vines Zinfandel draws primarily from a wide selection of the oldest, most historic and shyest-bearing Zinfandel blocks in Contra Costa County. These grapes were planted by Italian and Portuguese immigrants in the sandy, phylloxera-resistant soils of Oakley, California more than 100 years ago. These ancient, dry-farmed vineyards consistently produce fruit of stunning concentration and are the result of sensitive farming practices and the singular Oakley terroir. There's a unique cooling band of air that flows from the San Joaquin and Sacramento Rivers. The lots are all hand-selected and the grapes underwent near total de-stemming and a very gentle crushing to ensure a large percentage of whole berries in the must — contributing to the explosive fruit character of the wine. Fermentation took place in temperature controlled stainless steel tanks at the optimum temperature to extract rich flavors and provide excellent color. The wines were aged in American oak cooperage for 7 months, approximately 35% new oak. It shows notes of strawberry, coffee and dark chocolate on the nose. The palate has ripe fruit and soft tannins with savory spice notes as well as hints of toasty vanilla. It's mouth-filling and bold with a lingering finish. An ideal match for grilled meats and other hearty fare.

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Winery: Cline Cellars  
Color: Red
Variety: Other
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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

External Reviews for Cline Zinfandel Ancient Vines Contra Costa

External Review
Source: WineExpress.com
07/19/2016

Here's a wine that the family-0wned Cline Cellars is famous for. Ancient Vines Zinfandel draws primarily from a wide selection of the oldest, most historic and shyest-bearing Zinfandel blocks in Contra Costa County. These grapes were planted by Italian and Portuguese immigrants in the sandy, phylloxera-resistant soils of Oakley, California more than 100 years ago. These ancient, dry-farmed vineyards consistently produce fruit of stunning concentration and are the result of sensitive farming practices and the singular Oakley terroir. There's a unique cooling band of air that flows from the San Joaquin and Sacramento Rivers. The lots are all hand-selected and the grapes underwent near total de-stemming and a very gentle crushing to ensure a large percentage of whole berries in the must — contributing to the explosive fruit character of the wine. Fermentation took place in temperature controlled stainless steel tanks at the optimum temperature to extract rich flavors and provide excellent color. The wines were aged in American oak cooperage for 7 months, approximately 35% new oak. It shows notes of strawberry, coffee and dark chocolate on the nose. The palate has ripe fruit and soft tannins with savory spice notes as well as hints of toasty vanilla. It's mouth-filling and bold with a lingering finish. An ideal match for grilled meats and other hearty fare.


External Review
Source: WineExpress.com
08/22/2016

Here's a wine that the family-owned Cline Cellars is famous for. Ancient Vines Zinfandel draws primarily from a wide selection of the oldest, most historic and shyest-bearing Zinfandel blocks in Contra Costa County. These grapes were planted by Italian and Portuguese immigrants in the sandy, phylloxera-resistant soils of Oakley, California more than 100 years ago. These ancient, dry-farmed vineyards consistently produce fruit of stunning concentration and are the result of sensitive farming practices and the singular Oakley terroir. There's a unique cooling band of air that flows from the San Joaquin and Sacramento Rivers. The lots are all hand-selected and the grapes underwent near total de-stemming and a very gentle crushing to ensure a large percentage of whole berries in the must — contributing to the explosive fruit character of the wine. Fermentation took place in temperature controlled stainless steel tanks at the optimum temperature to extract rich flavors and provide excellent color. The wines were aged in American oak cooperage for 7 months, approximately 35% new oak. It shows notes of strawberry, coffee and dark chocolate on the nose. The palate has ripe fruit and soft tannins with savory spice notes as well as hints of toasty vanilla. It's mouth-filling and bold with a lingering finish. An ideal match for grilled meats and other hearty fare.



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