Klinker Brick Zinfandel Case 2005

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Our Klinker Brick 2005 Old Vine Zinfandel may be the very best we have produced to date with full, juicy flavors of cherries and plums coupled with the perfect balance of oak and spice. There is a nuance of mint and clove on the nose and a lingering, elegant finish. This wine was aged in American oak for 15 months.

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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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Snooth User: evkdutch4
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4.00 5
03/04/2009

this is a great wine. Wondefully value priced. You can have confidence when you pop open a bottle that you will enjoy your choice. I have purchased this many times over - at vino, even found a few bottles a bev mo an long time ago. Lots of berries, smooth finish - low tannins. Definitely a must try.


Snooth User: cookypuss1
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4.00 5
09/21/2008

Very nice, easy-drinking zin. Lots of berries on the palate, with some chocolate notes as well. Medium finish with softer tannins. Very approachable and delicious!


Snooth User: rhone65
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4.00 5
10/09/2008

Nice zinfandel. Loaded with berries. This is one of my staple wines by the glass at one of our local steak houses.


Snooth User: jtooley
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5.00 5
02/15/2009

jammy and wonderfully smooth


Snooth User: jrk
7561984
4.50 5
10/01/2008

Outstanding. Reminiscent of Petite Sirah. $15 at whole foods. Tasted July, 2008


Snooth User: JMHyatt
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5.00 5
08/16/2009

For me, it doesn't get any better than this. If you have it and are interested in selling, let me know.


4.50 5
06/10/2009

Four and a half glasses


External Reviews for Klinker Brick Zinfandel Case

External Review
10/01/2011

Produced in the Lodi region of California, this Zinfandel is rich, intense and has a real kick to it with a 15.8% alcohol content! With an average age of the vines at 85 years, the wine has balance and depth, with layers of ripe blackberries and raspberries and a nice, peppery note. This would be perfect to serve with a spicy Shrimp Diablo or barbecued ribs.


External Review
10/01/2011

Big and ripe, with a lingering sweetness, but remains appealing for its berry pie aromas and supple, spicy cherry and blackberry flavors. Drink now.


External Review
10/01/2011

Offers savory aromas, almost beef jerky, with rustic, sweet-and-sour cherry, smoke and cracked pepper flavors. Drink now.


External Review
05/12/2008

This hearty, full-bodied red comes from Zinfandel vines that are well over 50 years old. The wine shows intense concentration, packed with berry flavors set off by spicy oak, and aromas of dark fruit contrasting with fresh herbal notes.



Our Klinker Brick 2005 Old Vine Zinfandel may be the very best we have produced to date with full, juicy flavors of cherries and plums coupled with the perfect balance of oak and spice. There is a nuance of mint and clove on the nose and a lingering, elegant finish. This wine was aged in American oak for 15 months.

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