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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Old Moon Old Vine Zinfandel 2014

Here is another set of tasting notes from my archive which has heretofore not been posted on oenophilogical.com.  I haven’t checked the Trader Joe’s shelves to see what vintage my local store is carrying right now.  Even if it’s another year, this might give folks a sense of what has gone before.

Oenophilogical_OldMoon_OldVineZinfandel2014Winemaker: Old Moon
Wine: Old Vine Zinfandel
Varietal: Zinfandel
Vintage: 2014
Appellation: California
Price: $5.99 at Trader Joe’s

Notes: In the bouquet I caught whiffs of cherry, spice, moss and pine tar.  At 13.5% alcohol, this California Zin was a lovely ruby color in the glass.  I found it to be medium-bodied with high acidity and medium tannins that were quick on the attack.  The flavor profile I tasted included cherry, green herbs, a soupçon of pine tar, along with earth and leather notes.  The finish brought toasty oak and leather.  It wasn’t a particularly well integrated wine, but I felt it sufficient in structure and flavor to make it a bargain (not just cheap) at the price.