Exquisite primary-fruit aromas of blackberry, mountain blueberry, violets, and graphite
Many of you are familiar with Matt Cline’s Contra Costa Old Vine Field Blend. After all, it’s the highest rated under-$15 American Red in Wine Access history. With (1,997) 4-star and (688) 5-star reviews, the Old Vine Field Blend has lit up the scoreboard with abandon, generating a cult-like following along the way. Today’s 2014 picks up where the 2013 left off: big, bold, and powerful; the essence of midnight. The secret lies in 100+ year-old-vines planted in low-yielding Delhi Sands of Contra Costa County. “These vines are a part of American history,” Cline told us over the ribeye lunch at Mac’s Old House. “They’ve seen it all and this 2014 shows off their ancient-vine pedigree in its massive concentration.” Matt Cline is a man of generous spirit — although his best Old Vine Field Blend to-date is $22 from the winery, he has held the price to Wine Access clients at $13.99 per bottle.
When you first see the vineyards in Contra Costa, you can’t help but do a double-take. There’s no dirt, no gravel, no galets roules. Here everything is sand, nearly bleached white like in Atlantic City or Jones Beach. The ancient vines planted here got their start over a century ago when portuguese and italian immigrant families — the Spinellis, Lucchesis, Evangelhos, and Jacuzzis — rode buggies down from the old Buena Vista Winery and twisted 6-inch budwood into the shorelines of the Sacramento and San Joaquin rivers.
Today, Matt Cline, the grandson of Valeriano Jacuzzi, tends to these treasured parcels like his children. In 2014, the veteran vines weathered the third consecutive drought year in California with ease, relying on deep roots to collect water from the sub-strata. The result was at once concentrated and opulent; bursting with black fruit, and braced by dusty tannins and scintillating acid vibrancy — call it a wine with the wisdom of the ages.
Very nice wine. No "bite," very drinkable. Good price point. In all, a lot for the money.
Solid once again. No drop-off from the quality of the 2013.
Juicy as usual. Appeals strongly to a less sophisticated palate.
a dark easy top fruit followed by a suggestion of spice, deep berries. Preserved really well when we had to gas 1/2 a bottle. I'd order more in a minute!
As rich and delicious as everyone says. Amazing value. Versatile and satisfying enough to make it hard to justify many $30 bottles.
Nicely balanced and drinkable wine. A good choice anytime.
Always like Cline's wine
Nice zin blend and great value
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