Cline Zinfandel 2014

I was first introduced to the Cline family of wines by a friend.  He had grown up not too far from the winery and was a true hometown fan.  If I remember correctly, he insisted on sharing the Cline Conundrum white blend with me.  I wasn’t recording tasting notes back then – just experiencing everything I could.  Even so, it was evidently a good experience, because I continue to purchase and enjoy Cline wines.

Oenophilogical_ClineZinfandelLodi2014Winemaker: Cline
Varietal: Zinfandel
Vintage: 2014
Appellation: Lodi, California
Price: $8.50 at Trader Joe’s

Notes: In the bouquet I found boisterous berry, violets, cedar, and hints of spice.  It was a dark, murky red with good acidity.  Medium-bodied with medium tannins, this Cline Zin was at 14% alcohol.  For me the flavors were dark cherry, piquant pepper, rubber, dried green herbs, and woody tannins.  I enjoyed the flavor of this wine, but the bouquet was just as rewarding as the taste.

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Cline Zinfandel 2013

As you may have noted, I’ve been on a bit of a Zinfandel bender of late.  So without further ado ….

Winemaker:  Cline
Wine:  California Classics Lodi Zinfandel
Vintage: 2013
Varietal:  Zinfandel
Appellation: Lodi, CA
Price: $8.49 at Trader Joe’s

Notes: A very dark red, this Cline Zin smelled of berries, moss and rubber.  It had good acidity, heft on the palate was on the light side of medium, and alcohol was at 14%.  Flavor-wise, I tasted blackberry, currant, oak, some eucalyptus and a touch of pepper.  Not bad at all!