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Cline Ancient Vines Zinfandel 2013

Cline Ancient Vines Zinfandel 750ML 2013     
Sku: 994820

Tasting notes
Cline Ancient Vines Zinfandel shows wonderful, fat strawberry, with coffee and chocolate characters. Aging in new and used wood has lent this wine a subtle vanilla quality that nicely complements the explosive fruit notes.

 Wine Advocate 87 points (Nov 2014)
The 2013 Zinfandel Ancient Vines (nearly 59,000 cases produced) is 100% Zinfandel aged seven months in one-third new American oak. Peppery and spicy, with notes of roasted herbs, black cherries and blackberries, this medium-bodied, elegant, pure 2013 should drink well for 1-2 years.

Wine maker notes
Cline’s Ancient Vines Zinfandel draws primarily from Lodi and Oakley. Ninety-seven percent of this Zinfandel comes from our oldest, most historic and shyest-bearing Zinfandel blocks in Oakley, Contra Costa County.
Grapes were planted by Italian and Portuguese immigrants in the sandy, phylloxera resistant soils more than 100 years ago. These ancient, dry-farmed vineyards consistently produce fruit of stunning concentration. The lots that we hand selected are the result of sensitive farming practices, the singular Oakley terroir and a unique cooling band of air that flows from the San Joaquin and Sacramento Rivers. The remainder of the blend is selected from prized vineyards in Mendocino County.

Production Notes:
Individual lots of Zinfandel were harvested separately according to ripeness and balance of acidity. The grapes underwent near total de-stemming and a very gentle crushing to ensure a large proportion of whole berries in the must — contributing to the explosive fruit character of the wine. The grape juice, skins and seeds (called “Must”) along with some added yeasts were fermented in temperature controlled stainless steel tanks at the optimum temperature to extract rich flavors and provide excellent color. The wines were pressed off their skins at dryness and racked gently before being laid down to a complement of American oak
cooperage for 6 months
approximately 35% new.

Food pairing
Ripe fruit and soft tannins make this mouth coating rich vintage a nice complement to pasta dishes with a light tomato sauce or grilled meats.

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