Cline, “Ancient Vines” Zinfandel, California 2003 ($11) – Garnet color, boysenberry nose with some oak, “thick” plum, blackberry and oak flavors with moderate tannins and a long finish. An excellent value, tasting as good as wines at twice it’s price. Score: 8.5/10
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I can’t bring myself to try the 2003 after the bad luck that I had with the 2002. All I could taste was raisins and prunes. It sounds like this one was much better, but I have to pass.
If you like the Cline Ancient Vines wines, keep a look-out for Trinitas Cellars. The wine maker is Matt Cline, who was the wine maker for cline since 1986. He’s now making boutique wines that are better than ever. The CA Zinfandel sells for $14 a bottle. Check out http://www.trinitascellars.com for other varietals. You won’t be disappointed!