Cline Cellars Ancient Vines Zinfandel 2018 75cl 14.5% ABV
Cline Cellars Ancient Vines Zinfandel, California, USA
A Red Wine which is a superb accompaniment for beef stews and pairs surprisingly well with creamy chicken dishes.
Cline Cellars is a family-owned vineyard and winery in Sonoma’s Carneros Valley. Established in 1982 by Fred Cline, a descendant of Italian US settlers, he originally founded the winery in Oakley, Contra Costa County, cultivating Rhône varieties and Zinfandel on vines dating back to 1906.
In the 1990s, the family moved their wine making operation to a 350-acre ranch in Carneros Valley, adopting sustainable farming in 2000, and building the largest solar-panelled winery in California. While others in California were focusing on Cabernet Sauvignon and Chardonnay, Fred Cline saw the potential of Rhône varieties and Zinfandel in his vineyards and continues to produce focused, terroir-driven wines.
The Ancient Vines Zinfandel is like an espresso quaffed with summer pudding!
Grapes were harvested from a wide selection of Clines oldest, most historic Zinfandel blocks in Contra Costa County. After near-total whole-bunch pressing and temperature-controlled fermentation to extract as much fresh fruit as possible, the wine is then matured in American oak for 10 months to take on flavours of sweet spice from the wood and allow the wine to soften and harmonise.
The result has an abundance of bright strawberry, sweet plum, coffee, vanilla and chocolate flavours. It truly is explosive and has a lasting finish.