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Date Printed: 12/28/2014
Cline Ancient Vines Zinfandel 2004
Cline Ancient Vines Zinfandel 2004
(search item no. 83655)
Wine Enthusiast rating: 90 points
PRICE ON 12/28/2014: $16.99

ratings pedigree (past vintages):
2011 The Wine Advocate rating: 88 points
2010 Wine Spectator rating: 87 points
2009 International Wine Cellar rating: 88 points
1998 Wine Enthusiast rating: 89 points
1998 Wine & Spirits rating: 85 points
1997 Wine Enthusiast rating: 89 points

Winemaker's Notes:

The 2004 Ancient Vines Zinfandel shows wonderful dusty raspberry, blackberry, white pepper and spice, with coffee and chocolate characters. Ripe fruit and soft tannin make this vintage full of mouth-coating richness. The aging in new and used wood has lent this wine a subtle vanilla quality that nicely complements the explosive fruit notes. Enjoy this wine presently for its effusive black fruit, or cellar for 5 to 7 years.
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About Cline:

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 plantings of Carignane, Mourvedre and Zinfandel grapes they farm in Oakley, California. The Mourvedre represent approximately 85% of the state's total supply of this fascinating and versatile varietal. This treasure is the inspiration for Cline Cellars many "Rhone style" bottlings.