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 Winery 'Farrah' Syrah 2015
"The 2015 Syrah exhibits aromas of ripe plum, cacao,and smoky oak with subtle earthy and floral notes. The palate is greeted with bright and vibrant flavors of blackberry, anise and exotic spices. Supple tannins and superb balance lend structure to this full-bodied Syrah with a long lingering
Item Number: 30028
Bottle:$16.95
Case: $203.40
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Klinker Brick Winery 'Old Vine' Zinfandel 2015
"Our 2015 Old Vine Zinfandel is a blend of 16 different vineyard blocks of old vine zinfandel vineyards with an average age of 87 years. With berries and spice on the nose, dark, sweet fruit fills the palate with just a hint of black pepper. This wine has a long, lingering finish. Whether you pair
Item Number: 29967
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Case: $203.40
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Klinker Brick 'Old Ghost' Zinfandel 2015
"The Old Ghost represents the best Old Vine Zinfandel that Klinker Brick produces each year from some of our oldest vineyard blocks. Botanicals andmixed berry fruit aromas intermingled with anise, clove and exotic spice, echo previous vintages. Smaller berries harvested from this vineyard block tend
Item Number: 29540
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Case: $209.70
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Klinker Brick 'Bricks and Roses' Rose 2017
"Bricks & Roses is a blend of Grenache (38%), Carignane (30%), Syrah (24%), and Mourvedre (8%) with aromas of citrus, a hint of floral fragrance and a brilliant salmon pink hue. Pleasant flavors of ripe strawberries, grapefruit and subtle watermelon coupled with a dry composition, gently caress
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Case: $155.40
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Klinker Brick 'Old Ghost' Zinfandel 2014
92  Wine Enthusiast 
Wine Enthusiast 92 "While quite ripe and fruity, this wine is also dry, nicely tannic and firmly textured, so it will pair beautifully with rich proteins. Aged 18 months in oak, mostly French, it has concentrated dark fruit aromas, and a layered array of flavors that recalls blueberry, dark

Klinker Brick Winery 'Old Vine' Zinfandel 2014
90  Wine Enthusiast 
Wine Enthusiast 90"This wine is rich, ripe, concentrated and almost sweet. It's wonderful to smell the raspberry syrup aromas, taste the blueberry and blackberry flavors and feel the creaminess of the texture coating the palate. Low in tannins but high in viscosity, it's a pleasure to sip."

Klinker Brick 'Bricks and Roses' Rose 2016
"Bricks & Roses is a blend of Grenache (38%), Carignane (30%), Syrah (24%), and Mourvedre (8%) with aromas of citrus, a hint of floral fragrance and a brilliant salmon pink hue. Pleasant flavors of ripe strawberries, grapefruit and subtle watermelon, coupled with a dry composition, gently caress

Klinker Brick Cabernet Sauvignon 2014
"Sixteen months on French oak encouraged extraordinary dry and complex structure layered with aromas of blackberry, cassis and clove. Flavors of cherry, currant, leather and a hint of black tea couple well with the traditional and pronounced French oak."WINERY NOTES

Klinker Brick Winery 'Farrah' Syrah 2014
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90  Wine Enthusiast 
Wine Enthusiast 90 "Editors’ Choice" "Charred oak aromas and flavors are paramount in this assertive, bold and tannic wine. By themselves the smoky, peppery aspects would make for a one-dimensional wine, but this one adds substantive, rich, blackberry-like fruit flavors underneath. The firm

Klinker Brick 'Old Ghost' Zinfandel 2013
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"The Old Ghost represents the best zinfandel that Klinker Brick produces each year. Brambleberry fruit aromas intermingled with anise, clove and exotic spice, echo previous vintages. Smaller berries harvested from this vineyard block, tend to offer more “skin to flesh”, providing a greater level of

Klinker Brick Winery 'Old Vine' Zinfandel 2013
"Our 2013 Old Vine Zinfandel is a blend of 16 different vineyard blocks of old vine zinfandel vineyards with an average age of 85 years. With berries and spice on the nose, dark, sweet fruit fills the palate with just a hint of black pepper. This wine has a long, lingering finish. Whether you

Klinker Brick 'Farrah' Syrah 2013
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"Our 2013 Syrah expresses blackberry, currant and plum on the nose with hints of smoky oak, spice and pepper. On the palate, this delicious wine has balanced flavors of berries, dark chocolate, coffee and anise wrapped in a velvet texture. Integrated, supple tannins lend structure to this medium to

Klinker Brick Winery 'Old Vine' Zinfandel 2012
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"Our 2012 Old Vine Zinfandel is a blend of 16 different vineyard blocks of old vine zinfandel vineyards with an average age of 85 years. With berries and spice on the nose, dark, sweet fruit fills the palate with just a hint of black pepper. This wine has a long, lingering finish. Whether you pair

Klinker Brick Syrah 'Farrah' 2012
"Our 2012 Syrah expresses blackberry, currant and plum on the nose with hints of smoky oak, spice and pepper. On the palate, this delicious wine has balanced flavors of berries, dark chocolate, coffee and anise wrapped in a velvet texture. Integrated, supple tannins lend structure to this medium to

Klinker Brick Syrah 'Farrah' 2011
"With aromas of black currant, raspberry, tobacco, and white pepper, this full-bodied wine shows flavors of blackberry, dark chocolate and spicy oak on the palate. Beautifully balanced with integrated tannins and a silky texture, this supple wine has a long, lingering finish. Pair with grilled

Klinker Brick Winery Old Vine Zinfandel 2011
89  Wine Spectator 
Wine Spectator 89 "Should appeal to fans of intensely ripe and jammy Zinfandels. The aromas of raisin and charred spice lead to zesty and slightly hot baked cherry, tar and licorice flavors. Drink now through 2018. 32,000 cases made."—T.F.  "The 2011 vintage produced smaller yields than previous

Klinker Brick Syrah 'Farrah' 2010
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91  Wine Spectator 
Wine Spectator 91"A big, rich, full-bodied and expressive mix of spicy, beefy flavors, this deeply fruited Syrah flirts with berry jam yet gains depth and sophistication. Drink now through 2022. 5,000 cases made." ~ JL

Klinker Brick Winery Old Vine Zinfandel 2010
"The 2010 vintage in Lodi was extraordinary with a long, cool growing season yielding beautiful, evenly ripened fruit. With aromas of black cherry, cedar shavings, vanilla and spice, this wine offers rich, supple flavors of cherries and plum, perfect balance and a long, smooth, lingering finish.

Klinker Brick 'Farrah' Syrah 2009
"Deep garnet in color, this wine exhibits aromas of dark fruits, tobacco, leather and pepper. On the palate, there are with layers of plum, chocolate, tobacco and exotic spices. This wine is mouth filling with bright fruit, velvety texture and exceptional balance. One of our best!" ~ Winery notes

Klinker Brick Old Vine Zinfandel 2009
"Produced from vines with an average age of 85 years, this delicious wine exhibits a bright bouquet of wild strawberry and Satsuma plum, intermingled with cedar shavings. Filling the palate with flavors of black cherry and vanilla, supple tannins support good structure. The finish is smooth and