Cline, Zinfandel, Ancient Vines, California, 2010

Over the sounds of Christmas carols in the background, aromas of Bacon-Wrapped Dates and Stuffed Mushrooms in the oven, and blue skies glistening in the reflection of the ice-cold, placid lake, I took a moment to relish this fantastic find from a wine tasting earlier this year.  I liked it so much, I knew I had to add a few bottles to my collection.

This Ancient Vines Zin starts off with a surreal cracked pepper and sage aroma, mingled with grape jelly and cranberry juice.  At first sip, the richness of berries and vanilla comes forward, followed by subtle spices and hints of strawberry.  This Zin is very easy to drink with smooth tannins, and a lighter-side of medium body.  Garnet juices are halo-ed by a very apparent crisp, clear edge.  It's a fantastic buy that I have seen at Costco for $10.99.  A dear friend of mine also commented on what a consistent bottle Cline Zin is vintage to vintage.  Don't waste any time... grab a few bottles for your New Year's Celebration!  Cheers!


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