Occupying 50 acres in the heart of Sonoma Valley, the Indian Springs Vineyard produces the grapes for Cline Cellars 2011 Sonoma Zinfandel.
The vineyard sits on the west side of the Valley of the Moon, near Kenwood, California, and the vines are currently being converted from trellis to head-training and are lightly irrigated. This region of central Sonoma County is known for its rich, loamy soil, and the resulting fruit has big berry flavors and firm tannins.
Individual lots of fruit for this Zinfandel were harvested separately according to ripeness and balance of acidity. To maintain the explosive fruit character in the wine, the grapes were almost completely de-stemmed and very gently crushed to ensure a large proportion of whole berries in the must. We fermented the juice, stems and seeds in temperature-controlled stainless steel tanks with cultured yeasts. The wine was pressed off the skins at dryness and racked gently before being laid down to 40% new medium-plus toasted French oak for twelve months.
The Sonoma Zinfandel shows concentrated spicy strawberry, firm tannin structure and a balanced acidity. It has a mouth-coating richness and depth and a subtle vanilla quality that compliments the dark fruit flavors.
The 2011 Sonoma Valley Zinfandel is bold and intense with firm tannin structure. It shows huge notes of strawberry and spice, mouth filling with flavor and intensity. The wine was aged on 40% new medium-plus toasted French oak, giving a subtle vanilla quality that complements the big fruit flavors. Enjoy this wine now for its black fruit characteristics, or cellar for 5 to 7 years.