some Zin's just take a while , though I was disappointed with the first couple of tastings, this one opened 3/1/14 and then sampled again the next evening matured in the cellar well! Though I managed to spill half the finish glass out the window through the screen, with 20 hours of air it was wonderful. And having to clean up the spill with the (almost) spring breeze blowing the perfumed aroma through the house was a cross somewhere between torture (for not being able to drink it) and nirvana from the heady fumes. now that I know the reward of patience, I wish I had bought more.
As a lover of Zin, I don't often taste one like this. It was fruity, silky, and structured more like a fine burgundy or pinot noir with all the goodness of a classic Zin. Loved it.
THREE WINE WINNER
This wine was and is excellent. Unfortunately, more is not available - I would have bought at least two more cases. More like this please!
I have only recently begun purchasing wines through Wine Access and so any rating and comment has to be considered with this in mind. That said, of the wines that I have purchased, both my wife and I enjoyed this one the most, and we look forward to drinking what we have left, and hope that this will be a regular offering. Fortunately, I only live an hour from the winery so I can always go and buy it that way.
Three Wine Zinfandel Rocks
The 2009 Three Wine Company Old Vines Zinfandel is simply delicious, delivering everything one expects and enjoys in a medium to full bodied zin. Approachable young, it has staying power, too. Soft tannins, copious black fruit, and perfectly balanced acidity make for pure drinking pleasure at a very attractive price.
Old Vines Zinfandel Conta Costa County
Nice, smooth on palate unlike some Zinfandels.
3/19/14 better than the first taste, very good! sweet, mellow
much better now
The wine has evolved since I last tasted it in 2012. This is a very lovely wine now, spicy on the nose, it is a tad alcoholic on the finish, and as one reviewer noted, almost port like. Very persistent finish. I am writing this having just opened the bottle, it will be interesting to see how the opened wine evolves over the next few hours, and then into tomorrow evening.
Outstanding in taste, body and value!
Bought a case a year ago and have had several bottles since then. Very smooth, tasty and supple. My wife (normally not a Zin fan) said "This is delicious! What is it?" the first time I poured it. Great with all kinds of food from BBQ to Italian and superb by itself. I'll definitely buy more Cline in the future based on this experience!
Cline's reds are great
by Parker 12879425
I think we had a few bottles of this a year ago, just opened a new case. Then it needed some age, or decanting, now it's great. Very smooth for a Zin, no pepper or spice on the tongue. I'm sure it will improve further with more age, if we can give it some time, but will be drinking half the case in the next year. It's hard to rate anything a 5, this is close.
Much better than their Pinot's! Loved it!
Rich & Jammy
I looked forward to this wine for 5 months. I ordered it and the weather got too warm for shipping. The anticipation mounted as fall and cooler weather finally arrived. The first bottle was reserved for smoked beef brisket and it certainly didn't disappoint. I let it breath for about 1 hour. The first glass was good but the second came on with heavy jam tones. A very nice drinkable wine. I have put a few bottles back to enjoy as it continues to mature.
by Matlock 14106597
Matt Cline is the man! It is hard to find anyone anywhere producing wines of this quality at such oustanding prices. This Zin can stand toe to toe with $50 bottles and compete all day long. I thoroughly enjoyed the richness, the silkyness and great finish of this of this oustanding Zin. Well done Matt!
Grateful for these old vines
I am a diehard zinfandel fan but have been turned off by most of what has been produced the past ten years or so. Seems like folks jumped on the zin bandwagon and then competed to see how high they could push the envelope of alcohol in the finished product. I remember some of my first (and favorite) zins in the mid 80s came from Ridge and Cline. It is nice to see some of these old Contra Costa vines still standing and surviving the suburban onslaught. I bought several bottles of this version with an eye toward gifting them to associates who still don't know what a good zinfandel tastes like. Now, I'm tempted to keep and drink them all! This is a very satisfying bottle by itself or with food, particularly off the grill or a slow-braised meat or stew; beef, venison or pork would all work well. Very rich mouthfeel and ripe almost to the point of being port-like, but still remaining true to its zin roots.
Very pleasant wine, great value
Good quality for the price
Classic Zin qualities. Not too heavy.
This wine was well balanced with lots of fruit forward. I am putting the rest of the 5 bottles away for a two year rest.
Some briariness, medium to full body. Some tannin left.
Full-bodied, Short on Flavor
A clearly well-made, heavy and powerful red, but its apart from its boldness, there was little in the way of any definable flavor or nuances. Having said that, went well enough with tomato-based Italian cuisine and grilled meats.