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Klinker Zinfandel 2007

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Wine Tasting Notes This 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.

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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 Zinfandel

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Snooth User: GoinGray
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3.50 5
11/28/2009

Has a dry jam scent. Tangy, dry, cherry jam flavor.


Snooth User: deconut
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3.50 5
12/30/2009

Very Jammy fruits - lots of black cherry - very good wine for the age and the price - highly recommend


Snooth User: Carly Wray
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3.50 5
04/08/2010

Warmly intriguing. The nose is Ludens & licorice & strawberry jam, on the palate it's somehow even juicier than expected. The long, complex finish offers a comforting wash of Christmas baking spice.


Snooth User: StukNlodi
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1.50 5
01/25/2014

Nope, not for me. Me & my other half had a glassful a few nites back. I could not finish mine. Smell & taste over-oaked, instant heartburn. Used it for spaghetti sauce.


Snooth User: npanuch
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4.50 5
02/25/2011

Delicious...a must try...cheap, but yummy enough to bring to a dinner party. Smooth!


Snooth User: Stan131
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0.00 5
04/11/2012

Delicious! The essence of Zinfandel. Beats all of the more expensive Zins I've tasted. Except Rafanelli. If you can still get the 2007 Lodi, you've got a steal at a price below $ 16 bucks.

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Snooth User: Nathan P
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2.00 5
08/15/2010

Two glasses


External Reviews for Klinker Zinfandel

External Review
10/23/2009

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.



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Wine Tasting Notes This 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.

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