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2009 Cline Cellars Zinfandel Ancient Vines California
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88 Points | Stephen Tanzer's IWC - May/June 2011

Medium red.  Musky berries, roast coffee and a whiff of maple syrup on the nose.  Creamy-sweet in an old-vines way, showing good breadth to its dark berry, chocolate and coffee flavors.  Finishes with smooth tannins and a peppery nuance.  Very ripe zinfandel but could use more primary fruit and lift.

86 Points | Wine Spectator
85 Points | Robert Parker's The Wine Advocate

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Zinfandel

Zinfandel is not the rage it was in the 1980s and early 1990s, as there are now too many wines made from overripe fruit or from young vines, or overwhelmed by excessive use of new barrels. Today's Zin styles range from elegant, taut, and claret-like midweights to superripe and potty behemoths, with off-the-charts...
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