Heritage Zinfandel is big and flavorful, with notes of chocolate, sweet berries, spice and coffee. It’s another big-boned Zinfandel Cline Cellars is known for. The wine’s acidity and tannins are firm, but balanced, creating a luscious wine.
This luscious Zinfandel comes from our prized Big Break, Live Oak and Bridgehead vineyards located in Oakley. All within a two mile radius of one another, these vineyards are planted in deep sandy soil, are dry-farmed and head-trained, and employ farming practices that were originally used by the Italian and Portuguese immigrants that inhabited the area before the turn of the century.
Grapes were harvested at natural high sugar levels and almost entirely destemmed and lightly crushed, with a large proportion of whole berries remaining in the must. Fermentation occurred at moderate temperatures in stainless steel tanks, using only natural yeast. After 10
days of gentle “pump-overs” and near dryness, the wine was pressed from its skins and put down to 30% French oak for 10 months.