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Klinker Brick Zinfandel Marisa Vineyard 2011

Editorial Review by Gregory Dal Piaz:

Aged in 100% American oak Huge vanilla and spice on the nose, which shows some heat, are followed by inky notes early then layers of some green seed spice and spicy toast, allspice, clove, lots of jammy black berry and black cherry fruit. A bit sweet on entry then fairly tannic, linear and finely balanced. There’s lots of fruit here, plummy and black cherry toned fruit layered over spicy cinnamon oak. More wood tannins emerge on the backend and clip the black cherry toned finish. tannic and drying and very extracted with a short tough finish. This is a brick house of a wine. Not my style though it is rich and complex. 87pts

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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 Zinfandel Marisa Vineyard

Snooth User: Gregory Dal Piaz
89065221,086
3.50 5
06/02/2014

Aged in 100% American oak Huge vanilla and spice on the nose, which shows some heat, are followed by inky notes early then layers of some green seed spice and spicy toast, allspice, clove, lots of jammy black berry and black cherry fruit. A bit sweet on entry then fairly tannic, linear and finely balanced. There’s lots of fruit here, plummy and black cherry toned fruit layered over spicy cinnamon oak. More wood tannins emerge on the backend and clip the black cherry toned finish. tannic and drying and very extracted with a short tough finish. This is a brick house of a wine. Not my style though it is rich and complex. 87pts


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Snooth User: Gregory Dal Piaz
89065221,086
4.40 5
06/02/2014

Four and a half glasses



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