Cline Cellars

Ancient Vines Contra Costa County Zinfandel

8.869 ratings
8.83 pro ratings
Contra Costa County, San Francisco Bay, California, USA
Zinfandel
Lamb, Chicken, Turkey, White Rice, Pasta, Potato, Herbs, Mushrooms, Soft Cheese, Chili & Hot Spicy, Tomato-Based, Duck, Exotic Spices, Beans & Peas, Hard Cheese, Pork, Baking Spices, Pungent Cheese, Beef, Onion, Shallot, Garlic
Top Notes For
"Odedi"

Dark purple in color with a wide reddish rim.

Fruity nose of blueberries, sweet cherries, strawberries, raspberries, light vanilla, milk chocolates, tobacco and black pepper.

Full bodied with medium plus acidity and long legs.

Dry on the palate with raspberries, strawberries, black plums, wood, spices, peppercorn, chocolates, tobacco, herbs, light vegetables and pencil lead.

Short finish with round tannins and tangy cranberries.

This is a simple California Zinfandel. Spicy and tangy and not as sweet as I thought it would be, which is good. Not fully balanced, but still enjoyable even by itself.

Good right out of the bottle and better as it opens up. Tannins show up after 45 minutes of airtime.

A good mid week red for a good price. I had it all by itself by the lake, with a nice view. Relaxing.

15% alcohol by volume.

86 points.

$14.

Dark purple in color with a wide reddish rim.

Fruity nose of blueberries, sweet cherries, strawberries, raspberries, light vanilla, milk chocolates, tobacco and black pepper.

Full bodied with medium plus acidity and long legs.

Dry on the palate with raspberries, strawberries, black plums, wood, spices, peppercorn, chocolates, tobacco, herbs, light vegetables and pencil lead.

Short finish with round tannins and tangy cranberries.

This is a simple California Zinfandel. Spicy and tangy and not as sweet as I thought it would be, which is good. Not fully balanced, but still enjoyable even by itself.

Good right out of the bottle and better as it opens up. Tannins show up after 45 minutes of airtime.

A good mid week red for a good price. I had it all by itself by the lake, with a nice view. Relaxing.

15% alcohol by volume.

86 points.

$14.

Feb 19th, 2019
Boris Mathiszik

I am just not a Zin guy. The wine is nice though. Wine Spectator ‘18 Top 100 with 91 Pts.

I am just not a Zin guy. The wine is nice though. Wine Spectator ‘18 Top 100 with 91 Pts.

Jan 19th, 2019
Grant Blank

Another nice product from Cline. This is a very smooth, but not overly complex zin. I definitely get subtle hints of strawberries and can see drinking it with a Texas style smoked brisket or tri-tip with a coffee rub. I would be having it with one now but it’s in the high teens yesterday and today lol.

Another nice product from Cline. This is a very smooth, but not overly complex zin. I definitely get subtle hints of strawberries and can see drinking it with a Texas style smoked brisket or tri-tip with a coffee rub. I would be having it with one now but it’s in the high teens yesterday and today lol.

1 person found it helpfulJan 22nd, 2019
Shala W Summey Iii

When first opened it’s not much to talk about. After 45-minutes it opens and is pretty good. For the money and if you have time to wait, it a inexpensive bargain.

When first opened it’s not much to talk about. After 45-minutes it opens and is pretty good. For the money and if you have time to wait, it a inexpensive bargain.

Mar 15th, 2019
Colin Rayye

yo if this is good with calzones i’m making its bout a crush. kinda whatever for a zin but like mature and sophisticated the way a 23 year old is at a cocktail party

yo if this is good with calzones i’m making its bout a crush. kinda whatever for a zin but like mature and sophisticated the way a 23 year old is at a cocktail party

Mar 1st, 2019
Don Hurd

I really like this one, great nose, nice solid tanins! Great one

I really like this one, great nose, nice solid tanins! Great one

Feb 19th, 2019
Peter Krug

Has that old vibe earthy flavor. Not normally a fan of zin but we are big fans of this winery. Rich and lush. Okay with Thai but after the spice it was difficult to taste.

Has that old vibe earthy flavor. Not normally a fan of zin but we are big fans of this winery. Rich and lush. Okay with Thai but after the spice it was difficult to taste.

Feb 7th, 2019
Clayton Kinsey

First zin! Very tasty and fruity but light on palate.

First zin! Very tasty and fruity but light on palate.

Jan 30th, 2019
Oksen Baris

Good zin for oksen...stevie didn’t like it she says it’s not full enough (4.7!!!!)

Good zin for oksen...stevie didn’t like it she says it’s not full enough (4.7!!!!)

Jan 19th, 2019
Steve Somermeyer

Light for a Zin both color & flavor weight

Light for a Zin both color & flavor weight

Jan 16th, 2019