Cline Cellars is a family-owned vineyard and winery established 1982 by Fred Cline, a descendant of Italian US settlers. They specialise cultivating Rhône varieties and Zinfandel on old vines dating back as far as 1906. In the 1990s, the family moved their winemaking operation to a large ranch in Carneros Valley, adopting sustainable farming in 2000, and building the largest solar panelled winery in California.
When selecting fruit for Lodi Zinfandel, Cline focus primarily on harmony, early drinkability and elegant structure. This vintage draws from 14 superb Zinfandel vineyards in the legendary area of Lodi where warm days and cool nights have ripened grapes to perfection for over 100 years. The grapes were de-stemmed and lightly crushed to preserve fruit and limit harsh tannin extraction. The wine was aged in wood for eight months, using 35% new French oak which contributes a delicate toasty vanilla character to the wine without masking the abundant fruit.
The wine is highly aromatic with an array summer berry fruits, juicy plum intermingled with smoky aromas. The ripe palate shows more berry fruit, as well as spice notes such as Chinese five spice, star anise and clove. There is a touch of vanilla on the smooth and lengthy finish.
Zinfandel is ideal with Turkish, Moroccan and Arabic cuisine which brings out the grape’s sweet spices.