6 Months in 35% new French oak with a medium toast level contributes a delicate toasty vanilla character to the wine without masking the abundant fruit. Severe selection criteria and master blending show in the final product, which showcases a wide array of dark berry fruit including black cherry and strawberry. Additionally, spice notes and a lasting finish of vanilla from oak ageing and firm, supple tannins add complexity to this wine. This wine is ready to drink now and will continue to develop complexity over the next three to four years.
It pairs well with charcuterie, gumbo or grilled steak.
"All about ripeness, this flavourful full-bodied wine fairly oozes strawberry-jam and blackberry-syrup aromas, equally rich but not sweet flavours and a good firm structure of fine-grained tannins. Best through 2024." 93 points, Editors' Choice (2018 vintage), Wine Enthusiast
Cline Lodi Old Vines Zinfandel
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