Cline Ancient Vines Zinfandel 2006

Wine:  Cline Ancient Vines Zinfandel 2006

Price: $17.99

Region: Sonoma, California

Grape Variety: Zinfandel

Purchased: Surdyk’s Wine & Liquor, Minneapolis, MN

This wine was a very much an enjoyable journey on an Saturday evening in autumn, paired with a meal of savory roasted butternut squash and shallots over pasta.  The wine had a brilliantly dark coloring, showed some legs when swirled in the glass.  The nose made us think of dark berries and pepper, and Cath found a certain level of heat from the alcohol.  It was pleasant, and provided a firm understory for the flavors to come.  I would describe this wine as having a “grownup” flavor, definitely not berries and candy like some other wines.  We spent some time rolling it around the tongue, and the sensations that dominated could be described with terms like leather and tar and tobacco.  It sounds harsh, but in fact it was quite pleasant.  We agreed that this was no “starter” wine, but worked very well for a taster with some experience in wines.  The tannins in this wine were present, but not overpowering, and in all I would say this wine had a very balanced mouthfeel.  The finish was not overly long, but it was quite smooth and pleasant.  We were impressed by the quality feel of this wine, and felt it was a terrific match for the peppery flavor of the roasted butternut squash.

To the winemakers at Cline:  Well done!

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3 Responses to Cline Ancient Vines Zinfandel 2006

  1. Pingback: Alcohol Posts » Cline Ancient Vines Zinfandel 2006

  2. Brett says:

    Is this the first Cline you’ve expereinced? The Zin is good, but their ‘Cashmere’ is great. Especially for $12 a bottle.

  3. Peggy says:

    Zin is my favorite varietal right now, so I will have to look for this one. I am not familiar with Cline.

    I just tried a new Zin called Zynthesis – Old Vine Zinfandel ($19.99). It is really good too!

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