Want some power in your Zinfandel? This is definitely the wine for you. The Tehama County Meadowbrook Zinfandel is the newest (and biggest) of the 8 Zinfandels that we make here at Cline. The vines are planted at an 1800 foot elevation in the foothills of the Cascade Mountains in some pretty killer red volcanic soil. While this is an unusual place to grow anything, the area has produced some amazing fruit! These plantings actually started out as an experiment, when owner Fred Cline found the volcanic soils in Tehama. His interest immediately peaked and in 2007 Fred planted the first Meadowbrook Ranch vines and could be found out in the vineyard with a jack hammer breaking up the volcanic matter. After 5 years of the vines maturing, 2012 became the inaugural vintage for the Meadowbrook Ranch Zinfandel. The warm days and cool nights ripen the Zinfandel to perfection, but allow the grapes to keep their acidity, giving the wine a wonderful balance. We are pretty excited about the results of this wine! If you don’t believe us, just listen to Jim Gordon of the Wine Enthusiast giving this wine 89 pts!
“Brawny and tasty at the same time, this combines oak, vanilla and cherry aromas with very full body, ripe and broad boysenberry flavors and firm tannins… The texture is firm and tannic, making it a good counterpoint to rich food.”