2017 Live Oak Zinfandel

$37
Club Price: $29.60
93 points, Editors Choice (2016 Vintage)
Wine Enthusiast

The 2017 Live Oak Zinfandel is dark ruby in color and opens with aromas of fresh berries. On the palate the wine delivers notes of sweet spice,
berries, and black currant.

Our single vineyard Live Oak Zinfandel is named for Live Oak Road in Oakley, California. The vineyard is adjacent to this road and consistently produces some of our most complex, concentrated and unique lots of Zinfandel. Cline Cellars has chosen to dry-farm the ancient, head-pruned vines, a practice employed by the Italian and Portuguese immigrants who planted this vineyard well before the turn of the century. The Oakley terroir is characterized by the hot sun, sandy soil, and a unique band of cooling air that flows from the Sacramento and San Joaquin Rivers, producing a stunning and concentrated Zinfandel.

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The grapes from Live Oak Vineyard were harvested at high natural sugar levels and treated gently in the cellar to emphasize the explosive fruit characters. Clusters were 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 a selection of cultured yeasts. After eight days of gentle "pump-overs" and near dryness, we drained and pressed the wine from the skins. The Live Oak Zinfandel was minimally handled before aging for 10 months on 40% new, medium toasted, French oak.

Vintage
2017
Wine Type
Red Wine
Varietal
Zinfandel
Appellation
Contra Costa County
Harvest Date
August 23 - September 9
Acid
.63g/100ml
pH
3.63
Alcohol %
15.4

Tasting Notes & Pairings

The Live Oak Zinfandel displays notes of sweet berries, spice, and black currants. The wine has a firm, balanced structure of acid and fine-grained tannins. It would pair well with roasted or grilled meats, as well as, hearty pasta dishes.

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