Cline Big Break Zinfandel 2008

Zinfandel from California

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Item No. 105620
  • red wine
  • Green wine
  • WS88
  • CG88
Style: Big & Bold

Wine Style Guide

Light & Fruity

Red wines that are more fruit-forward and lighter in tannin and body.

Smooth & Supple

Medium bodied reds that go down easy, with smooth tannins and supple fruit.

Earthy & Spicy

Wines where earthy and/or spicy dominate the flavors – typically medium to full body.

Big & Bold

Full bodied wines that have concentrated fruit and are higher in alcohol and/or tannins. Some need age.

Alcohol By Volume: 15.5%

Alcohol By Volume Guide

  • 10%
  • 16+%
Most wine ranges from 10-16% alcohol by volume. Some varietals tend to have higher (for example Zinfandel and Cabernet Sauvignon) or lower alcohol levels (Pinot Noir and many white varietals), but there is always some variation from producer to producer. Some wine falls outside of this range, for instance Port weighs in closer to 20%, while Muscat and Riesling are usually a bit below 10%.
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Winemaker's Notes

Eucalyptus mint, firm structure and exotic spice are key elements in our 2008 Big Break Zinfandel. This vintage oozes with power, revealing crisp strawberries, exotic spice and toasted oak.

Enjoy this wine with big, spicy foods with plenty of zip, such as Blackened Ahi.

Critical Acclaim

"Loaded with smoky aromas and flavors, plus lively black cherry and freshly cracked pepper. The flavors are juicy and zesty, with just enough complexity and tannins to keep this interesting. Drink now through 2015. 1,200 cases made."
88 Points

"Very ripe, very full-bodied and edging away from fresh fruit in favor of dried berries and plums, this weighty and outgoing Zin is in all ways a big one and is not the wine we would want with lighter foods. That said, it is rich and fairly powerful stuff, and it will find its place with rustic dishes of garlicky braised meats and well-seasoned roasts."
88 Points

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Fred Cline founded Cline Cellars in 1982, in Oakley, California. In 1991, the winery facilities relocated to the Sonoma Valley on a 350 acre estate in the Carneros District. The Cline Brothers, Fred and Matt, are Zinfandel and Rhone varietal specialists. Their holdings include some of the oldest and rarest vines in California. They are best known for the one hundred year old...

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Learn About Other California

California has nearly 100 American Viticulture Areas (AVAs) and accounts for almost 90% of wine production in the United States. In our section of Other California, we include wines from smaller AVAs as well as wines from the California AVA. Here are a few smaller AVAs you may see on the label: Livermore Valley AVA, located right outside of San Francisco and home to...

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Learn About Zinfandel

Zinfandel(ZIN-fahn-dell) American Grape Zinfandel the American - or Californian - grape. Although it's not from America (Croatia has been named its origin), it does seem quite at home in the vineyards of California. During Prohibition, many Zinfandel vines survived as the high-yielding grape was popular both for home winemaking and communion wine, which is...

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