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Klinker Brick Zinfandel Old Ghost 2011

Editorial Review by Gregory Dal Piaz:

Only Klinker Brick Zinfandel aged in French oak, Spicy, vanilla tinged blueberry fruit on the nose picks up plenty of powdered sugar berry aromas, lots of smoke, lots of nutty oak influence. There’s a lot going on here. Silky, deep and vinous in the mouth, this is a bit wiry on the palate with sour red cherry fruit early on the palate. It’s still a bit oaky but shows well integrated ginger and tobacco accents balanced by jammy blackberry and blueberry flavors. Supple, and with a fairly long finish, this remains a little jammy but is rather elegant when compared to the rest of the line-up here. Fine grained tannins extend across the backend and clip the finish, which also shows some heat. 88pts

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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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Editorial Reviews for Klinker Brick Zinfandel Old Ghost

Snooth User: Gregory Dal Piaz
89065213,405
3.50 5
06/02/2014

Only Klinker Brick Zinfandel aged in French oak, Spicy, vanilla tinged blueberry fruit on the nose picks up plenty of powdered sugar berry aromas, lots of smoke, lots of nutty oak influence. There’s a lot going on here. Silky, deep and vinous in the mouth, this is a bit wiry on the palate with sour red cherry fruit early on the palate. It’s still a bit oaky but shows well integrated ginger and tobacco accents balanced by jammy blackberry and blueberry flavors. Supple, and with a fairly long finish, this remains a little jammy but is rather elegant when compared to the rest of the line-up here. Fine grained tannins extend across the backend and clip the finish, which also shows some heat. 88pts


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Snooth User: Lhers
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4.00 5
08/21/2014

Four glasses


External Reviews for Klinker Brick Zinfandel Old Ghost

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

The 2011 Old Ghost displays a deep garnet color with rich aromas of brambleberry, exotic spice, botanical garden notes and cedar shavings. Yields were a bit lower in 2011, resulting in rich concentration of color and flavor. This wine has legs! Deli cious, dark fruits fill the palate and finish with a long, silky texture. Enjoy with grilled meats, wild mushroom risotto or aged gouda. - WineryCooperage: 40% French, 60% American, aged 18 monthsAlcohol: 15.9%Residual Sugar: .33PH: 3.71TA: .66


External Review
Source: We Speak Wine
12/17/2014

The 2011 Old Ghost displays a deep garnet color with rich aromas of brambleberry, exotic spice, botanical garden notes and cedar shavings. Yields were a bit lower in 2011, resulting in rich concentration of color and flavor. This wine has legs! Deli cious, dark fruits fill the palate and finish with a long, silky texture. Enjoy with grilled meats, wild mushroom risotto or aged gouda. - Winery Cooperage: 40% French, 60% American, aged 18 months Alcohol: 15.9% Residual Sugar: .33 PH: 3.71 TA: .66



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