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Klinker Brick Zinfandel Old Vine 2012

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Our 2012 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.

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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: 40somethinglife
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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.


External Reviews for Klinker Brick Zinfandel Old Vine

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Source: Premium Wine & Spirits
07/16/2015

Dusty raspberry and spice aromas pair with ripe flavors of dried cherry, black licorice and jerky. Drink now through 2018. 37,000 cases made.


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Source: Premium Wine & Spirits
07/16/2015

This is a great wine for fans of the flashy, almost sweet, dark colored and fully oaked style of Zin. It has a tasty sense of maple syrup on waffles, boysenberries and vanilla. Full-bodied and concentrated, it’s firm in texture and slightly sweet on the finish.


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Source: The Wine Buyer
12/08/2014

This wine offers aromas of black cherries and fresh strawberries and toasty oak.On the palate, there are layers of dark fruit intermingled with sweet vanilla and spice. This wine has anincredibly smooth and long, lingering finish.


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05/29/2015

Our 2012 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. - Winery Cooperage: American Oak, 60% New and 40% Neutral for 15 months Alcohol: 15.8% Residual Sugar: .46 PH: 3.77 TA: .62 g/100ml



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Our 2012 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.

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