Ah, Zinfandel! The quintessential California grape, but so often misunderstood. One of the biggest successes of the California wine industry in the 1970s was taking the red Zinfandel grape and making it into a spritzy, sweet white wine. To this day that’s what many people think of when they see the word “Zinfandel,” but it’s so much better as a red wine!
The 2012 Klinker Brick is what I like in a Zin: bold fruit flavors, balanced with acidity and spice. There’s a spicy leathery smell when you pull the cork which made me think this was going to be a very dry wine, but the flavors are actually quite robust: rich blackberry and blueberry mingle with a lively acidity, and a peppery finish that I really enjoyed. I have had quite a few mild and too-sweet Zins lately, so I was very pleased that this had some oomph to it!
I also appreciate that the Felton family has been growing grapes and making wine in Lodi, CA for five generations. They’re a winery everyone can get behind.
On my five-cork scale based on taste and value, I give the 2012 Klinker Brick Zinfandel four corks!
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