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Three Wine Company Zinfandel Lodi Old Vines 2008

Editorial Review by Gregory Dal Piaz:

Wooly and a bit wild on the nose with notes of peppery spice, forest floor, rich dark fruit, a hint of dried porcini and licorice over lightly medicinal, candied black cherry fruit. Big and rich but very well balanced on entry. This exhibits good depth and polish without being detail-less. The dark fruit is a bit plummy and framed, with chocolate and spice tones giving this a nice level of complexity. The finish is quite tannic and seems to show a bit of overextraction here as it finishes with a tactile feel to the slightly bitter earthy licorice tones. 87pts

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Matt Cline was born in Inglewood, California in 1961, eighth of nine children. Matt graduated from Notre Dame High School in Sherman Oaks in 1979. He continued his education at the University of California at Berkeley with a degree in entomology in June, 1984. Then Matt studied enology at the University of California at Davis in 1985 and 1986. Matt's winemaking career began in 1982 helping his... Read more
Matt Cline was born in Inglewood, California in 1961, eighth of nine children. Matt graduated from Notre Dame High School in Sherman Oaks in 1979. He continued his education at the University of California at Berkeley with a degree in entomology in June, 1984. Then Matt studied enology at the University of California at Davis in 1985 and 1986. Matt's winemaking career began in 1982 helping his brother at his Oakley winery; in 1985 he began as winemaker and creative director at Cline Cellars. In addition to his position at Cline in 1986 he joined Conn Creek as the assistant winemaker which lasted through 1989. Over the course of his 16-year career at Cline, Matt was responsible for branding Cline Cellars' unique style of winemaking. Cline Cellars' wines have won countless awards including the 1998 Sonoma County Harvest Fair Sweepstakes Award for his 1996 Syrah Los Carneros, selected from among 587 wines. Cline Cellars has also had the distinction of being one of Wine & Spirits Magazine's American Wineries of the Year in both 1999 and 2001. In 2001, Matt started Trinitas Cellars where he concentrated on producing premium, old-vine Zinfandel, Mataro, and Petite Sirah. After building sales to over 9,000 cases, Matt and his wife Erin sold the brand at the end of 2006. Following the sale of Trinitas Cellars, Matt launched S3x (S three times - small, sweet, sips) a botrytis late harvest wine from the Russian River Valley. At the 2008 San Francisco Chronicle Wine Competition the 2006 S3x Late Harvest Riesling won a Sweepstakes Award. The wine was amongst 4,235 wines from over 1,500 wineries across the U.S.A. Along with the S3x brand, Matt will continue to produce Zinfandel, Mataro and Petite Sirah from Contra Costa and Russian River Valley. All of these wines will be produced under the three label, which will be officially released in 2008. When Matt is not racking and perfecting his winemaking techniques, he enjoys fly fishing and gardening as well as relaxing at home in Sonoma with his wife, Erin and their three children. Read less

Editorial Reviews for Three Wine Company Zinfandel Lodi Old Vines

Snooth User: Gregory Dal Piaz
89065231,032
3.50 5
01/28/2011

Wooly and a bit wild on the nose with notes of peppery spice, forest floor, rich dark fruit, a hint of dried porcini and licorice over lightly medicinal, candied black cherry fruit. Big and rich but very well balanced on entry. This exhibits good depth and polish without being detail-less. The dark fruit is a bit plummy and framed, with chocolate and spice tones giving this a nice level of complexity. The finish is quite tannic and seems to show a bit of overextraction here as it finishes with a tactile feel to the slightly bitter earthy licorice tones. 87pts


Snooth User: Gregory Dal Piaz
89065231,032
4.00 5
01/28/2011

A bit oaky but also earthy and even a bit almondy with a little funky leathery underlay adding complexity to the cherry and red plum fruit, with some smoky, oily top notes. A little compressed in the mouth as the fruit is bound up in youthful tannin and acid but it’s decidedly cherry fruited with that gentle nuttiness from the nose present. Nice purity here, rich but not weighty, though the finish is short. The wine is a bit simple, though it seems, as it might just need some time to unfold. It’s no blockbuster but a nice glass of Zin with a finish that sneaks back on you. 89pts


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Snooth User: Chris Carpita
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4.00 5
07/01/2011

Nose of dark wood, molasses, and caramel. The body is very full with powerful tannins, and there's more of a caramel feeling on the mid-palate and finish. Enjoyable if you like bold wines, a little bit of complexity but easy to drink.




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