Klinker Brick Old Ghost Old Vine Zinfandel 2010

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Produced from a 100-year old vineyard, the vintage of Old Ghost is an exceptional wine that exudes explosive brambleberry flavors balanced with structure, elegance and finesse. The grapes harvested from this block are minuscule in yield and typically smaller in size, offering more "skin to flesh" resulting in higher tannins. The dense aromatics of berries and spice are coupled with the suggestion of a botanical garden, including mint, licorice, lavender and rosemary. This Old Ghost is not for the feint hearted and will command your attention. He may be the most benevolent to date

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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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External Reviews for Klinker Brick Old Ghost Old Vine Zinfandel

External Review
Source: Vines Wine and Spirits
02/06/2013

Aromas of mocha, brambleberry and exotic spice, this fullbodied wine presents layers of dark fruit on the palate with a rich, velvety texture on the finish.


External Review
Source: The Wine Buyer
02/05/2013

Old Ghost Zinfandel is an elegant ghost, indeed. With aromas of mocha, brambleberry and exotic spice, this full-bodied wine displays layers of dark fruit on the palate, finishing with a rich, velvet texture.


External Review
Source: JJ Buckley Fine Wines
02/12/2013

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


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

Produced from a 100-year old vineyard, the 2010 vintage of Old Ghost is an exceptional wine that exudes explosive brambleberry flavors balanced with structure, elegance and finesse. The grapes harvested from this block are minuscule in yield and typically smaller in size, offering more "skin to flesh" resulting in higher tannins. The dense aromatics of berries and spice are coupled with the suggestion of a botanical garden, including mint, licorice, lavender and rosemary. This Old Ghost is not for the feint hearted and will command your attention. He may be the most benevolent to date... - Winery


External Review
Source: We Speak Wine
09/16/2013

Produced from a 100-year old vineyard, the 2010 vintage of Old Ghost is an exceptional wine that exudes explosive brambleberry flavors balanced with structure, elegance and finesse. The grapes harvested from this block are minuscule in yield and typically smaller in size, offering more "skin to flesh" resulting in higher tannins. The dense aromatics of berries and spice are coupled with the suggestion of a botanical garden, including mint, licorice, lavender and rosemary. This Old Ghost is not for the feint hearted and will command your attention. He may be the most benevolent to date... - Winery ** SOLD OUT **



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Produced from a 100-year old vineyard, the vintage of Old Ghost is an exceptional wine that exudes explosive brambleberry flavors balanced with structure, elegance and finesse. The grapes harvested from this block are minuscule in yield and typically smaller in size, offering more "skin to flesh" resulting in higher tannins. The dense aromatics of berries and spice are coupled with the suggestion of a botanical garden, including mint, licorice, lavender and rosemary. This Old Ghost is not for the feint hearted and will command your attention. He may be the most benevolent to date

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