Sunday, March 19, 2006
2003 Cline "Ancient Vines" Zinfandel (California)
I was expecting to be down on this wine because Robert Parker has been dissing Cline Zins of late, but this was quite nice. Deep, soft blackish ruby color. Atypical nose for a Zin, with plums, spice, hickory smoke and caramel. Absolutely sexy, voluptuous mouthfeel. Honestly, there are other ways to describe the texture, but this is a family blog. Almost port-like ripeness, with a long, lush finish. Not complex, but very fun to drink. My bud Robert, who gave me this, said it needs to be drunk right away, and he's right. 88. I think I've seen this in several places for about $13-14.