Cline Cellars

Ancient Vines Contra Costa County Zinfandel

8.883 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
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
"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.

1 person found it helpfulFeb 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
Brennan Roy

Terrific Zin at bargain price.

Terrific Zin at bargain price.

Jun 15th, 2019
Dale Garrison

Nice! Solid for Zim.

Nice! Solid for Zim.

Jun 9th, 2019
Ed Canfield

My favorite zin. Well balanced tannins. Enjoyable without food.

My favorite zin. Well balanced tannins. Enjoyable without food.

May 22nd, 2019
David Burke

Very earthy and almost musty. Not very fruity for a zin.

Very earthy and almost musty. Not very fruity for a zin.

Apr 16th, 2019
ES Faiello

Decent quaffer, very soft w/rounded edges, fruit (dark) driven - minimal complexity, not really sure what they were going for here: innocuous...

Decent quaffer, very soft w/rounded edges, fruit (dark) driven - minimal complexity, not really sure what they were going for here: innocuous...

Apr 6th, 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