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Klinker Brick Winery 'Old Vine' Zinfandel 2020
$19.20$15.95
Wine Enthusiast 90
"This well-balanced Zin shows great integration between fresh fruit, oak influence and age. Enjoy notes of black cherry, black plum, bramble, forest floor, black pepper, charred wood, gravel and graphite carried by a palate filled with chalky tannins, modest acidity and generous alcohol."

Winemaker's Notes:
"The 20th vintage of Klinker Brick's flagship Zinfandel, where it all started! This wine is made from vineyard blocks up to 120 years old. Delta breezes and the associated fog ... read more
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Shelf Location — 88b
Size:750mL (wine)
Alcohol by vol:15.4%
Closure:Cork
Store Item ID:#58130
Location at store:88b
Item Description
Wine Enthusiast 90
"This well-balanced Zin shows great integration between fresh fruit, oak influence and age. Enjoy notes of black cherry, black plum, bramble, forest floor, black pepper, charred wood, gravel and graphite carried by a palate filled with chalky tannins, modest acidity and generous alcohol."

Winemaker's Notes:
"The 20th vintage of Klinker Brick's flagship Zinfandel, where it all started! This wine is made from vineyard blocks up to 120 years old. Delta breezes and the associated fog allow us to retain above average acidity for the region, providing aromas of dark cherry and spices on the nose. Barrel fermentation provides additional structure to a thin skinned varietal. The extremely low yields of century old vineyards bring notes of plum and cranberry, with a hint of black pepper. The result is a balanced and complex Zinfandel perfect for both Summer barbecues and Fall fire pits."
About Klinker Brick Winery
Steve and Lori Felten, fifth generation grape growers in the Lodi region, continue the tradition of cultivating "Old Vine" Zinfandel vineyards that their ancestors planted in the early 1900's.
With roots in Germany, Russia and later the Dakotas, the family settled in Lodi, first producing watermelons. Recognizing that the soil and climate were ideal for growing grapes, they began to plant varieties that included Zinfandel, Tokay, Carignane, and Alicante. For over one hundred years, the family has cultivated the land with the aim of producing top quality fruit. Zinfandel was one of the first grape varieties to be planted in the Lodi appellation, although it had also been established in other parts of California.
Grapes were originally packed in boxes for shipment to the East Coast and Canada for the purpose of home winemaking. In the early days of production, nearly all of the Zinfandel grapes were shipped with the exception of grapes that were used for making wine at home.
By the mid 1930's, grapes were sold primarily to cooperatives and larger, private wineries with a small portion of the production shipped east.
Historically, the vineyards were irrigated by flood or ditch irrigation and the inability to regulate the amount of water applied resulted in larger yields of marginal quality. In the late 1980's, drip irrigation was introduced, providing the ability to control the amount of water applied to each vine. This resulted in the ability to control the vigor of the vine, healthier fruit and ultimately, lower yields. With the introduction of more sophisticated vineyard practices, including shoot thinning, leaf pulling, color thinning and the removal of a second crop, the ability to produce the grapes of exceptional quality was realized.
Part of the extended Felten Family includes their winemaker, Barry Gnekow, who is responsible for crafting the wines from the inaugural vintage. Barry, a Davis graduate with over 25 years of experience of winemaking, has a unique ability to bring the best of the vineyard into the cellar, year after year, producing wines of distinction for Klinker Brick.
Another extended family member is Lynne Whyte Barnard, the President of Klinker Brick Winery. Lynne has brought a wealth of entrepreneurial experience to the winery, having owned her own wholesale company and directing sales and marketing for prestigious wine producers in California. She was instrumental in the development of the Old Ghost wine, label design and has been responsible for selling all of the vintages produced to date, developing national and international distribution.
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Klinker Brick Old Vine Zinfandel
"This is an absolutely delicious wine. It is full bodied, balanced, wonderful array of tastes. It is deep and rich without being heavy. A favorite with beef, chicken, cheese board."
Posted byPhilip on Feb 27, 2024Verified Purchase
A good KB product
"Klinker Brick's Old Ghost is a high alcohol old vine Zinfandel. I have tasted the 2013 vintage years ago and was hooked. The 2020 vintage is as good as the older vintages. It can be cellared for at least 8 to 10 years. It has a good front palate and a loving finish."
Posted byWallace on Apr 4, 2024
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