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Cline Zinfandel California

Region: United States, California

Vintage: 2008

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Winery: Cline Cellars
Type of Grape: Zinfandel
Style: Red
Price: $10

Description: As always the California Zinfandel is a challenging and rewarding wine to produce. Severe selection criteria and master blending show in the final product, which showcases a wide array of dark berry fruit including black cherry and raspberry. Additionally, spice notes and a lasting finish of vanilla from oak aging and firm, supple tannins add complexity to this wine. This wine is ready to drink now and will continue to develop complexity over the next three to four years.

After receiving a degree in Agriculture Management from U.C. Davis, Fred Cline started Cline Cellars with an inheritance from his grandfather. The cellars were founded near Oakley, California. Here, he preserved and restored many ancient vine sites to their rightful reign as premier California wine lands. In 1991, Fred and his wife Nancy relocated the winery from Oakley to the Carneros region of Sonoma County on a historic 350-acre estate with new vineyards and facilities. While much of the cool Carneros region is planted to Chardonnay, Pinot Noir and Merlot, Fred pioneered the planting of Rhône varietals including Syrah, Viognier, Marsanne and Roussanne. This experimentation led to producing rich, distinctive Rhône-style wines and intense, flavorful Zinfandels for which he has garnered enormous acclaim.

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Jeff S Cameron

Jeff S Cameron / SommelierEnthusiastMerchant

Classification: Red; Smell: Fruity; Taste: Fruity; Body: Light-Medium; Finish: Medium;

This is a nice light to medium body Zinfandel with a lucsious red hue and nice cherry and plum flavors. I especially enjoy the notes of spice and just a little vanilla on the tongue and in the finish... Read more

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