Cline Live Oak Zinfandel 2016
The Live Oak Zin is known for its dimension of ripeness and individuality. This wine is a classic example of the big Zinfandels, for which Cline Cellars has become known. The 2016 Live Oak Zinfandel displays notes of sweet berries, spice, and black currants. The wine has a firm, balanced structure of acid and fine-grained tannins. It would pair well with roasted or grilled meats, as well as, hearty pasta dishes.
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Toasty, doughy aromas and gorgeous blackberry and black-cherry flavors make this full-bodied wine hard to resist. Aged in new French oak, the wine has a subdued spiciness that dissolves into the perfectly ripe fruit flavors grown on old-fashioned headtrained vines
Cline Family Cellars is a family-owned and operated winery founded by Fred and Nancy Cline in 1982 in Oakley, CA. The winery facilities were relocated in 1991 to the Sonoma Valley, on a 350-acre estate in the Carneros district. The Cline winery and vineyards are built on a foundation of deeply rooted respect for the land and love of winemaking. Recognized for its rich portfolio of wines, Cline is one of the pioneers of California’s Rhone Rangers movement, and the largest holder of 100+ year-old-vine vineyards in California.
A large Northern California appellation centered on the San Francisco Bay Area, the San Francisco Bay AVA falls within the larger Central Coast AVA. The smaller appellations of Livermore Valley, Pacheco Pass, San Ysidro District and Santa Clara Valley AVAs fall within the San Francisco Bay boundaries.
Unapologetically bold, spice-driven and jammy, Zinfandel has secured it’s title as the darling of California vintners by adapting well to the states’ diverse microclimates and landscapes. Born in Croatia, it later made its way to southern Italy where it was named Primitivo. Fortunately, the imperial nursery of Vienna catalogued specimens of the vine, which sourced a journey to New England in 1829. Parading the true American spirit, Zinfandel found a new home in California during the Gold Rush of 1849. Somm Secret—California's ancient vines of Zinfandel are those that survived the neglect of Prohibition; today these vines produce the most concentrated, ethereal and complex examples.