1999 Cline Big Break Zinfandel
The Big Break Vineyard, named for Big Break Road, which runs adjacent to the block, has traditionally produced one of our most powerful and individual lots of Zinfandel. An early ripener, Big Break Zinfandel is year in and year out among the first lots of grapes we pick. The combination of extremely sandy, well-drained soils; dry-farming; century old, head-trained vines and the unique band of cooling air from the San Joaquin and Sacramento Rivers that favors Oakleys best vineyard sites create a s...
Wine.comAs always the California Zinfandel is a challenging and rewarding wine to produce. We continue to strive to maintain the quality and price people have come to expect from our Cal Zin. Severe selection criteria and master blending show in the final product, which showcases a wide array of dark berry fruit including black cherry and raspberry. Additionally, spice notes and a lasting finish of vanilla from oak aging and firm, supple tannins add complexity to a wine whose average vine age is, remarkably, more than 50 years old. The 1999 California Zinfandel is ready to drink now and will continue to develop complexity over the next three to four years.
Wine SpectatorRating: 87/100 - As reviewed by Wine Spectator on 02/28/02.
Wine & SpiritsRating: 88/100 - As reviewed by Wine & Spirits Magazine.
Wine EnthusiastRating: 87/100 - As reviewed by Wine Enthusiast.
Vintage ChartRating for United States-California: 87 (slightly better than average year)<br/><br/>Drinkability: drink now<br/>