Cline Ancient Vines 2010 Zinfandel, $15.99-$18.99, 88 points, has a dense ruby-red color with a clear rim.
The aroma is so mute I had to smell a container of coffee to confirm I hadn't lost my olfactory sense; I was able to tease-out some candy-cane, earth, and heat (15% alcohol).
Textually, this Zin is moderately smooth on a medium plus body, with good acidity and mild tannin.
The flavors are a fairly straight forward blackberry and heat which trail nicely into the butt-kicking spicy finish.
A much better effort than the 2008.
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