Cline Cellars is known for awarding-winning Rhone-style wines and Zinfandels.
They have been recognized for using solar technology to provide all of the winery’s electricity needs and for employing organic, sustainable practices in their production.
The California Ancient Vine Zinfandels come from a blend of vineyards, some owned by Cline and others sourced from Lodi, Mendocino, Sonoma and Lake County.
The ancient vines were planted more than 100 years ago by Italian and Portuguese immigrants in Oakley. The sandy soil is phylloxera resistant.
Winemaker Charlie Tsegeletos styles his reds to be big and dark with lots of fruit concentration and delicate oak nuances.
I’ve enjoyed the previous vintages of the California Ancient Vines Zinfandel and found Cline to be a great go-to for reasonably priced Zins, so decided to try the 2009.
Oak aged for 7 months in America oak, this wine was a little strong with vanilla tones, which I haven’t tasted previously with Cline Zins.
Medium red in color, and more translucent than other Zins, it has a hint of coffee and sweetness on the nose. Jammy and chocolate flavors welcome you. With smooth tannins, this wine gives some nice spiciness at the finish.
I think this wine will get better with time and was perhaps a bit young when I tried it.
- Grapes: Zinfandel
- Alcohol: 15%
- Retail price: ~$15 – $17.00
- From: California