Cline Live Oak Vineyard Zinfandel 2019 Contra Costa County 750ml

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Winemaker Notes

Live Oak Zinfandel is named for Live Oak Road in Oakley, California. The vineyards run adjacent to this road and consistently produce some of Cline's most complex, concentrated, and unique lots of Zinfandel. Cline Cellars has chosen to dry-farm the ancient, head-pruned vines. A practice employed by the Italian and Portuguese immigrants that planted this vineyard well before the turn of the century. The Oakley terroir is characterized by the hot sun, sandy soil, and a unique band of air that flows from the Sacramento and San Joaquin Rivers. The terroir also contributes to these areas' resistance to phylloxera. Ultimately, this produces a stunning and concentrated Zinfandel.

Critical Acclaim

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From ancient, head-pruned vines, this single-vineyard Zin shows modern, elegant style. Aromas and flavors of blue flowers, ripe cranberry, pomegranate, and rhubarb lead the way. Milk-chocolate sleekness and a finish of licorice and toasted oak reflect ten months of aging in (40% new) French oak.

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