Cline Big Break Vineyard Zinfandel 2018 75 CL

Cline Family Estate – Contra Costa

The Big Break vineyard gets its name from Big Break Road, which the field is located next to. It has always produced one of Cline Cellars’ strongest and most characterful Zinfandels and is year after year one of the parcels where Zinfandel ripens first. The combination of very sandy and well-drained soil (where no irrigation is practiced), skilled cultivation methods and Oakley’s distinctive climatic conditions, with cool winds from the San Joaquin and Sacramento rivers, provide perfect conditions for this field.

In the cellar, the grapes are gently masticated to allow as many whole berries as possible in the must, something that gives the wine greater fruit character. Fermentation takes place in steel tanks and then maturation in a mixture of new (35-40%) and used French barriques for 14 months.

The wine offers complex nuances of eucalyptus, mint and exotic spices in the aroma. In the taste you will find tones of freshly picked wild berries, dark chocolate, vanilla and oak. The wine also offers fresh notes of pickled fruit, which Cline often refers to as Oakley’s classic “terroir” and which already emerge during the picking of the grapes under the hot sun.

Cline Cellars
Fred Cline founded Cline Vineyards near Oakley in 1982, following in the footsteps of his grandfather, Valeriano Jacuzzi. After four years, he was joined by his cellar master brother Matt, and the two pioneers have since worked to develop what is today often called “the American Rhône style”. In 1991, the production facilities were moved from Oakley to Sonoma Valley (Carneros) on a new property covering an area of 140 ha. The place was specially chosen because of its cool climate, which provides good conditions for the planted grapes: i.a. Syrah, Viognier, Marsanne and Roussane.

Care for nature and sustainability in production is something that is given high priority at the property. A large solar cell system has been installed on the roof of the production premises, which supplies most of the electricity used on site. All water is obtained from our own borehole, and the part used in wine production is post-treated in our own treatment plant. In the various vineyards, large water reservoirs have been built, which collect the rainwater and supply the drip irrigation systems that are laid out in the fields (drip irrigation means a water saving of approx. 90%). Cline Cellars only uses environmentally approved substances to combat diseases and insects. Since 2000, production has followed the sustainable regulations defined by “The Green String Way” (Green String Farm).

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