Klinker Brick 2013

Editorial Review by Gregory Dal Piaz:

Aged in 100% American oak Big, slightly musky oak filled aromas of loamy soil, toasted oak and sweet mulberry fruit that is a little jammy and caramel driven greet the nose. Vanilla and charry wood flavors are followed by a big, plump mouthful of jammy red fruits in the mouth. Big, and bold and spicy, this shows a bit of aggressive wood on the palate with wood tannins adding some dryness on the finish even in the face of the rather sweet fruit here. Acids do keep this fresh enough but it is one the sweet and spicy side with wood dominating the finish. 85pts

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Klinker Brick Winery:
Steve and Lori Felten, fifth generation grape growers in the Lodi region, continue the tradition of cultivating “Old Vine” Zinfandel vineyards that their ancestors planted in the early 1900’s. With roots in Germany, Russia and later the Dakotas, the family settled in Lodi, first producing watermelons. Recognizing that the soil and climate were ideal for growing grapes, they... Read more
Steve and Lori Felten, fifth generation grape growers in the Lodi region, continue the tradition of cultivating “Old Vine” Zinfandel vineyards that their ancestors planted in the early 1900’s. With roots in Germany, Russia and later the Dakotas, the family settled in Lodi, first producing watermelons. Recognizing that the soil and climate were ideal for growing grapes, they began to plant varieties that included Zinfandel, Tokay, Carignane, and Alicante. For over one hundred years, the family has cultivated the land with the aim of producing top quality fruit. Zinfandel was one of the first grape varieties to be planted in the Lodi appellation, although it had also been established in other parts of the California. Grapes were originally packed in boxes for shipment to the East Coast and Canada for the purpose of home winemaking. In the early days of production, nearly all of the Zinfandel grapes were shipped with the exception of grapes that were used for making wine at home. By the mid 1930’s, grapes were sold primarily to cooperatives and larger, private wineries with a small portion of the production shipped east. Historically, the vineyards were irrigated by flood or ditch irrigation and the inability to regulate the amount of water applied resulted in larger yields of marginal quality. In the late 1980’s, drip irrigation was introduced, providing the ability to control the amount of water applied to each vine. This resulted in the ability to control the vigor of the vine, healthier fruit and ultimately, lower yields. With the introduction of more sophisticated vineyard practices, including shoot thinning, leaf pulling, color thinning and the removal of a second crop, the ability to produce the grapes of exceptional quality was realized. Part of the extended Felten Family includes their winemaker, Barry Gnekow, who is responsible for crafting the wines from the inaugural vintage. Barry, a Davis graduate with over 25 years of experience of winemaking, has a unique ability to bring the best of the vineyard into the cellar, year after year, producing wines of distinction for Klinker Brick. Another extended family member is Lynne Whyte Barnard, the President of Klinker Brick Winery. Lynne has brought a wealth of entrepreneurial experience to the winery, having owned her on wholesale company and directing sales and marketing for prestigious wine producers in California. She was instrumental in the development of the Old Ghost wine, label design and has been responsible for selling all of the vintages produced to date, developing national and international distribution. Read less
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Editorial Reviews for Klinker Brick

Snooth User: Gregory Dal Piaz
89065212,980
3.00 5
Vintage: 2011 06/02/2014

Aged in 100% American oak Big, slightly musky oak filled aromas of loamy soil, toasted oak and sweet mulberry fruit that is a little jammy and caramel driven greet the nose. Vanilla and charry wood flavors are followed by a big, plump mouthful of jammy red fruits in the mouth. Big, and bold and spicy, this shows a bit of aggressive wood on the palate with wood tannins adding some dryness on the finish even in the face of the rather sweet fruit here. Acids do keep this fresh enough but it is one the sweet and spicy side with wood dominating the finish. 85pts


Snooth User: Gregory Dal Piaz
89065212,980
4.50 5
Vintage: 2009 08/07/2012

Wow, this is intensely briary and brambly on the nose. Super varietal with raspberry fruit, a hint of Thin Mints and black pepper. Rich, chewy and intense on entry, this is full throttle Zin with intense raspberry and wild strawberry flavors, wrapped up in some creamy oak with hints of hickory smoked meats. There's enough acidity here to keep things lively and the tannins are nice and firm if well covered by all this fruit. The finish is an explosion of varietal fruit, leaning towards the red cherry and strawberry end of the spectrum with gentle vanilla highlights and a lovely insinuation of herbal freshness. This holds its alcohol remarkably well. 91pts


Member Reviews for Klinker Brick

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Snooth User: jdlott46
14653056
3.50 5
Vintage: 2011 02/09/2014

Good daily Zin


Snooth User: MrRiesling
2015421,341
3.00 5
Vintage: 2011 03/15/2014

Three glasses


Snooth User: tabednar
949302,449
3.50 5
Vintage: 2010 05/22/2013

Bold flavor from the get go. Soft mouthfeel with a sweet palate that continually builds to the finish. Notable oak backing with a hint of vanilla and noticeable alcohol. Well done.


Snooth User: jtryka
3127992,083
3.50 5
Vintage: 2010 07/04/2013

The wine has a nice deep ruby color and the nose is pure Zinfandel with notes of black cherry, anise and cocoa powder. The taste is lovely, with some light floral notes amid rich ripe cherry and plum on the outset, transitioning into some nice licorice and baking spice midpalate. The finish is very smooth and dry, as the soft tannins lend plenty of depth and character to the long, dry finish. See the full review on my blog here: http://allaloneonaplanetfullofpeople.blogspot.com/2013/07/2010-klinker-brick-lodi-old-vine.html


Snooth User: Eric Guido
92549168,613
3.00 5
Vintage: 2010 05/30/2013

The nose showed spicy red and blue fruit, herbal tea, cedar and wood tones, cinnamon and a hint of cherry tobacco. On the palate, it was as smooth as silk with weighty textures. Dark fruits, spiced cookie, brown sugar and medicinal cherry were made fresh by its streamlined acidity. The finish was lasting yet pleasantly fresh and fruity. (89 points)


Snooth User: jamessulis
4262201,500
4.00 5
Vintage: 2010 05/24/2013

Let's start this by saying OMG, this is a great wine. Once I smelled it I knew I would like it. Fills the nose with that deep berry aroma. Tastes of berry, sweet on the entire mouth, vanilla, cedar, nice soft pepper spice and a wonderful taste left in the mouth. This is one of the best I've tried. Wow!


Snooth User: VegasOenophile
20275912,195
3.50 5
Vintage: 2010 05/02/2013

Lots of cinnamon spice on the nose with cedar. Dusty, baking spice aromas along with dried herbs and white pepper. Wild blackberry and bramble fruits. Boysenberry as well. Suave entry on the palate and medium bodied. Very flavorful with lots of zesty cinnamon spice. White pepper, dried herb and great red berry fruit. Red and black raspberry. Bramble fruits and baking spice. Nicely balanced and you'd not know by feel that it's 15.8% abv. Nice and screams out for bbq. 88 pts. 5/1/13


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External Reviews for Klinker Brick

External Review
Source: The Wine Buyer
Vintage: 2011 09/27/2013

This wine offers aromas of black cherries and fresh strawberries and toasty oak.On the palate, there are layers of dark fruit intermingled with sweet vanilla and spice. This wine has anincredibly smooth and long, lingering finish.


External Review
Source: NapaCabs.com
Vintage: 2011 11/14/2013

Our Old Vine Zinfandel comes from vines with an average age of 85 years. On the nose, aromatics black raspberry, cedar shavings are paired with pepper and spice. On the palate, the wine is medium-bodied, with berries and dark cherry flavors, balanced with firm structure and a silky texture. As always, this wine has a smooth and lingering finish.


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Source: Premium Wine & Spirits
Vintage: 2011 05/17/2014

This should appeal to fans of intensely ripe and jammy Zinfandels. The aromas of raisin and charred spice lead to zesty, slightly hot flavors baked cherry, tar and licorice. Drink now through 2018.


External Review
Source: Premium Wine & Spirits
Vintage: 2011 05/17/2014

Succulent, juicy, dark berries give way to black pepper spice with notes of clove and nutmeg. Nice long, dry finish. Great with a summer barbecue, or a hearty autumn or winter stew.


External Review
Vintage: 2010 10/04/2012

With full, juicy flavors of cherries and plums and subtle nuance of mint and clove aromas to an elegant finish.


External Review
Vintage: 2010 01/03/2013

The 2010 vintage in Lodi was extraordinary with a long, cool growing season yielding beautiful, evenly ripened fruit. With aromas of black cherry, cedar shavings, vanilla and spice, this wine offers rich, supple flavors of cherries and plum, perfect balance and a long, smooth, lingering finish. Nutmeg, cardamom and pepper enhance an exotic nose but bright, dark fruits enhance a superb mouth filling experience. Our winemaker thinks this may be the vintage of the century! - WineryAppellation: Lodi (Mokelumne River)Varietal: Old Vine ZinfandelCooperage: American Oak 14 monthsHarvest Date: October 7, 2010Brix: 27.3 DegreesAlcohol: 15.8%Residual Sugar: .43PH: 3.72TA: .59 g/100ml


External Review
Vintage: 2010 02/12/2013

A Zinfandel wine from California in USA. 2010 Klinker Brick Winery Zinfandel Old Vine 750ml


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