Cline Cellars

Ancient Vines Contra Costa County Zinfandel

8.8122 ratings
8.84 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.

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
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.

1 person found it helpfulJan 19th, 2019
Jackson Swearer

Light to medium body. Mild tannins. Spicy. Dark stone fruit on the front, evolving into earthy notes.

Light to medium body. Mild tannins. Spicy. Dark stone fruit on the front, evolving into earthy notes.

May 10th, 2020
Juan Pablo Perez

Mucho alcohol, poca acidez y estructura

Mucho alcohol, poca acidez y estructura

Mar 29th, 2020
Neal Ferry

Always a good staple to have handy

Always a good staple to have handy

Oct 13th, 2019
TM
9.0

Nice fruity light with a peppery finish

Nice fruity light with a peppery finish

Aug 19th, 2019
Megan Flores

Tasty and smooth, not too bitter.

Tasty and smooth, not too bitter.

Aug 16th, 2019
Eileen Sene

2016 - has an “ancient” taste to it. Low tannins.

2016 - has an “ancient” taste to it. Low tannins.

Aug 10th, 2019
Lesli Hopkins

Delicious wine for the price.

Delicious wine for the price.

Jul 14th, 2019