Zinfandel of the Month is a regular feature on Zinfandel Chronicles. Keep in mind that although the Zinfandel of the Month might be an older bottle, the current vintage will be one you can find at retail or via the mailing list.
The February Zinfandel of the Month is the 2014 Cline Family Cellars Ancient Vines.
Cline Family Cellars was founded in 1982 by Fred and Nancy Cline. Fred and Nancy chose to restore acres of 100-year-old vines and produce Rhone-style varietals like Mourvedre, Carignane, Marsanne, Roussanne and Viognier. They also planted acres of what would become legendary Cline Cellars Zinfandel. In 1993 the winery was relocated from Oakley to a 350-acre ranch in the famed Carneros Valley in Sonoma County. There the Clines planted Merlot, Chardonnay, Pinot Noir, and Syrah.
Crimson in color. 15% ABV. Nice nose of red and black fruits, white pepper and cocoa powder. Medium body with light to medium acidity. Raspberry, strawberry, black cherry and pepper on the palate. The finish is long and spicy. Easy to drink Zinfandel that will surely be a crowd pleaser. Best over the next few years and a value at $16 or so.
My rating: 88 points.
The wines from Cline are readily available at retail.
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