Cline Ancient Vines Zinfandel 2021 / 750 ml.

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SP8888 pts. - Wine Spectator - Aug 31, 2023
A fruit bomb, with just enough character to keep things interesting. Reveals jammy blackberry and licorice flavors that zip along the finish. Drink now through 2030. 18,000 cases made. (Tim Fish)

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Primary Grape: Zinfandel | All Grapes: Zinfandel, Carignan

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SP88 88 pts. / Wine Spectator (Aug 31, 2023)

A fruit bomb, with just enough character to keep things interesting. Reveals jammy blackberry and licorice flavors that zip along the finish. Drink now through 2030. 18,000 cases made. (Tim Fish)

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Region / California

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When it comes to US wine production, California is King. California wines account for almost 90% of all wines produced in the United States each year, and is home to the most celebrated vineyards and producers in the country. California is probably best known for its world-famous Cabernets and Chardonnays, many of which hail from its two most-acclaimed AVAs, Napa Valley and Sonoma County. Other prominent grapes used in California wines include Merlot, Pinot Noir, Sauvignon Blanc, Syrah, and Zinfandel (which California made popular).

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The United States now ranks fourth in the world in wine production behind, France, Italy, and Spain. While about 90% of that wine is produced in California, other states like Oregon, New York, and Washington are establishing themselves as prime spots for wine production, as well. Just about any variety of wine can be found in production somewhere in the United States.

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SKU 74568
Product Type Wine
Alternate Name Cline Ancient Vines Zinfandel
Country United States
Region California
District North Coast
Product Location - Location-Appellation Contra Costa County
Package Size 750 ml.
Proof/Alcohol by Volume 14.5%
Wine/Spirit Brand Cline Cellars
Bottles per Case 12
Vintage 2021
Can it Be Shipped Yes
Premier Pick No
Awards and Accolades Wine Spectator Top 100
Wine Spectator Top 100 Ranking 40
Wine Spectator Top 100 Year 2018
Spec. Designation Organic
Organic Description Green String Certified
Wine Type Table Wine
Wine - Color Red
Grape(s) Zinfandel, Carignan
Primary Grape Zinfandel
Occasion Pairing 40
Dollar Sale (Y/N) No
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