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Cline Cellars Zinfandel Ancient Vine
the 2016 ancient vines zinfandel draws primarily from a wide selection of our oldest most historic and shyest-bearing zinfandel blocks in contra costa county. Grapes were planted by italian and portuguese immigrants in the sandy phylloxera-resistant soils of oakley california more than 100 years ago. These ancient dry-farmed vineyards consistently produce fruit of stunning concentration. The lots that we hand-selected are the result of sensitive farming practices the singular oakley terroir and a unique cooling band of air that flows from the san joaquin and sacramento rivers. Fermentation & aging: lots were harvested separately according to ripeness and balance of acidity. Grapes underwent near total de-stemming and a very gentle crushing to ensure a large proportion of whole berries in the must – contributing to the explosive fruit character of the wine. The grape juice skins and seeds (called must) along with some added yeasts were fermented in temperature