Stirling Fine Wines USD 41.99 750ml

Klinker Brick Zinfandel Lodi Old Vine Old Ghost 2006

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Our 2006 vintage of Klinker Brick Old Vine Zinfandel is produced from an amalgam of 14 different vineyard blocks, ranging in age from 37 to 112 years old. This vintage saw lower yields than 2005 (averaging less than 3 tons per acre), producing a wine that is both complex and bold. Showing typical Klinker Brick cherry/berry/plum fruit components with aromatic spices on the nose, this wine is incredibly well balanced with a silky smooth texture and a long lingering finish. We believe it to be one of our best!

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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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Member Reviews for Klinker Brick Zinfandel Lodi Old Vine Old Ghost

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Snooth User: lingprof
1556071,108
5.00 5
05/03/2009

wow! very complex taste, jammy, spicy, with anise and other flavors.... I loved it and it is a bargain at this price,


Snooth User: VegasOenophile
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4.00 5
07/11/2009

A blast of ripe fruit and delightful spice and pepper notes, characteristic of old vine zin. It's a burly wine, not for everyone, but if you like a good strong zin, pop this one open and enjoy!


Snooth User: lingprof
1556071,108
3.50 5
12/31/2009

floral nose, fig, cola and pepperwith nice acid, and a medium weight, not a heavy blockbuster zin at all. somewhat oaky finish. good for food and very nice, although maybe not quite up to other wines in this price range, imo.


Snooth User: yoshiyoshi40541
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4.00 5
11/17/2009

My first zinfandel. Fruit forward, enjoyed it very much. Will buy again, great price!


Snooth User: Echelar
196768209
4.00 5
08/21/2009

Much more subtle than the standard klinker zin. Not -as- rich, but definitely still a good, strong taste.


Snooth User: Echelar
196768209
5.00 5
02/08/2010

Extremely complex; best zin I've had in quite a while. Lots of spice, but very balanced. Quite a bargain.


Snooth User: chefvangarde
118359115
4.00 5
03/19/2009

Great cherry fruit, silky smooth, good acidity.


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External Reviews for Klinker Brick Zinfandel Lodi Old Vine Old Ghost

External Review
03/05/2009

This hearty, full-bodied red comes from Zinfandel vines that are well over 50 years old. Aromas of dark fruit contrast with fresh herbal notes; this also shows intense concentration, packed with berry flavors set off by spicy oak.


External Review
11/25/2009

WS: 90 Points


External Review
01/17/2009

Wine Tasting NotesThis vintage of Klinker Brick 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.


External Review
05/18/2011

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
03/19/2009

A big, jammy Lodi Zinfandel.


External Review
02/12/2009

The 2006 vintage of Klinker Brick Old Vine Zinfandel is produced from an amalgam of 14 different vineyard blocks, ranging in age from 37 to 112 years old. This vintage saw lower yields than 2005 (averaging less than 3 tons per acre), producing a wine that is both complex and bold. Showing typical Klinker Brick cherry/berry/plum fruit components with aromatic spices on the nose, this wine is incredibly well balanced with a silky smooth texture and a long lingering finish.


External Review
05/18/2011

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


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Our 2006 vintage of Klinker Brick Old Vine Zinfandel is produced from an amalgam of 14 different vineyard blocks, ranging in age from 37 to 112 years old. This vintage saw lower yields than 2005 (averaging less than 3 tons per acre), producing a wine that is both complex and bold. Showing typical Klinker Brick cherry/berry/plum fruit components with aromatic spices on the nose, this wine is incredibly well balanced with a silky smooth texture and a long lingering finish. We believe it to be one of our best!

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