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Klinker Brick Winery 'Old Vine' Zinfandel 2015

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

Editorial Reviews for Klinker Brick Winery 'Old Vine' Zinfandel

Snooth User: Gregory Dal Piaz
89065238,750
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
89065238,750
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 Winery 'Old Vine' Zinfandel

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Snooth User: rckr1951
1275033,692
3.50 5
Vintage: 2014 10/11/2016

Notes of blackberry, dirt and butterscotch are predominate on the nose. Medium tannins and balanced acidity frame the dark cherry finish. Drink now - Paul 88 pts


Snooth User: RandyFisher
10733941,880
3.50 5
Vintage: 2013 12/05/2016

Very fruity with a bit of acidity and some notable tannin. Quality wine.


Snooth User: 40somethinglife
867897300
3.00 5
Vintage: 2012 03/23/2016

This Old Vine Zin is a deep garnet color and has a rich smoky, black cherry aromas with hints of dark chocolate and a distinct spike of cardamon spice. At the first sip you get a smooth, deep overripe cherry taste with a sweetness on the tip of your tongue, which teases the taste buds. After a while the sweetness settles down a little but the sweetness still abounds. I honestly couldn't tell at first if I really liked this wine as I am not a huge lover of sweeter wines. I let it sit for a while just to make sure. After a little time I tasted it again and I have to say it grew on me quite a bit. This is definitely a wine to be enjoyed in the cold winter month's wrapped in a blanket on your sofa and perhaps not in the midst of summer. However, given the rainy, slightly below temperature weekend we were having in Boston a few weeks ago it made for a perfect evening wine, which I thoroughly enjoyed with some blue cheese and crackers. I loved how the sweetness of the wine offset the sharpness of this cheese. This wine does mellow out the longer it is left open to a wonderfully smooth but still slightly sweet wine with a long finish. I actually preferred it more on day two. If you like reds a little on the sweet side, this one is for you.


Snooth User: Gregory Dal Piaz
89065238,750
4.30 5
Vintage: 2011 06/02/2014

Four and a half glasses


Snooth User: dunbarindc
142464185
4.00 5
Vintage: 2011 01/15/2017

I liked, sweet and spicy, fruity


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

Good daily Zin


Snooth User: MrRiesling
2015421,394
3.00 5
Vintage: 2011 03/15/2014

Three glasses


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External Reviews for Klinker Brick Winery 'Old Vine' Zinfandel

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Source: We Speak Wine
08/09/2018

Tasting Notes: Our 2015 Old Vine Zinfandel is a blend of 16 different vineyard blocks of old vine zinfandel vineyards with an average age of 87 years. With berries and spice on the nose, dark, sweet fruit fills the palate with just a hint of black pepper. This wine has a long, lingering finish. Whether you pair with a burger, ribs, barbecue or a roaring fire, this wine is sure to please. Alcohol: 15.4% Residual Sugar: 4.7 g/L PH: 3.63 TA: 6.2 g/L


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Vintage: 2014 10/11/2016

Four and a half glasses


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Vintage: 2014 10/11/2016

0 glasses


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Vintage: 2013 10/04/2016

0 glasses


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Source: We Speak Wine
Vintage: 2013 05/22/2018

Our 2013 Old Vine Zinfandel is a blend of 16 different vineyard blocks of old vine zinfandel vineyards with an average age of 85 years. With berries and spice on the nose, dark, sweet fruit fills the palate with just a hint of black pepper. This wine has a long, lingering finish. Whether you pair with a burger, ribs, barbecue or a roaring fire, this wine is sure to please. Alcohol: 15.8% ** Only 12 in Stock **


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Source: We Speak Wine
Vintage: 2013 06/18/2016

Our 2013 Old Vine Zinfandel is a blend of 16 different vineyard blocks of old vine zinfandel vineyards with an average age of 85 years. With berries and spice on the nose, dark, sweet fruit fills the palate with just a hint of black pepper. This wine has a long, lingering finish. Whether you pair with a burger, ribs, barbecue or a roaring fire, this wine is sure to please. Alcohol: 15.8%


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Source: We Speak Wine
Vintage: 2013 07/03/2018

Our 2013 Old Vine Zinfandel is a blend of 16 different vineyard blocks of old vine zinfandel vineyards with an average age of 85 years. With berries and spice on the nose, dark, sweet fruit fills the palate with just a hint of black pepper. This wine has a long, lingering finish. Whether you pair with a burger, ribs, barbecue or a roaring fire, this wine is sure to please. Alcohol: 15.8% ** Only 11 in Stock **


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