Wines from Contra Costa County

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Rosenblum 2011 Carla's Vineyard Zinfandel (Contra Costa County)

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  1. $35

A classic of the genre, this combines a deep color with luscious fruit character and spicy accents on a velvety texture. Firm tannins lend an appetizing grip, while the fresh ripe blackberry, clove and cedar flavors seem to melt on the tongue and linger on the finish. It shows great complexity and balance in a traditional dry style.

 — J.G.  (5/1/2015)
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Cline 1998 Big Break Vineyard Zinfandel (Contra Costa County)

  1. $28

A blast of spice, mint, bramble and pepper explodes from the glass. The wine is dense, dark, deep and mysterious; the flavors pungent, penetrating and persistent. Tannic, layered with herbs and spices, powered with big, punchy fruit. This is classic Cline.

 — P.G.  (3/1/2001)
93
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Cline 1998 Live Oak Vineyard Zinfandel (Contra Costa County)

  1. $28

There’s a lovely sweetness to the fruit, which tastes like ripe, just-picked blackberries. Old vines, 100+ years, deliver sweet, supple, sexy fruit. The wine has very dry tannins, and it might profit from some blending, but with a vineyard this special you have to admire the single-vineyard approach.

 — P.G.  (3/1/2001)
92
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Ca'Na 2003 J. Jaden Dessert Wine Syrah (Contra Costa County)

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  1. $40

Doesn’t say so on the front label, but the fine print indicates the grape variety is Syrah, although you couldn’t guess that from the flavors. What it does taste like is lush, easy-drinking Port. Sweet and smooth, it has vast flavors of blackberry jam, cassis, cherries, raspberry pie, oranges, chocolate truffle, cloves and vanilla. So delicious, it makes you want…

 — W.E.  (11/8/2008)
92
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Cline 2012 Big Break Vineyard Zinfandel (Contra Costa County)

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  1. $30

This big but well-behaved wine brings out the pure deliciousness of the grapes. It smells perfectly ripe without being sweet or jammy, feels very elegant and rich, and tastes like blackberry-boysenberry juice. It’s just tannic enough for balance, and the polished fruitiness continues through the finish.

 — J.G.  (4/1/2015)
92
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Cinnabar 2012 Sandy Lane Vineyard Mourvèdre (Contra Costa County)

  1. $42

Bold and powerful, marked by assertive toasty, cedary aromas from oak, it has a deep color, tight tannins and full body. It shows smoky oak character and almost drying tannins, but the dark cherry and blackberry flavors lie just under the surface, forming the density of an outstanding wine. Drink after 2016.

 — J.G.  (11/1/2014)
92
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Cline 1997 Live Oak Vineyard Zinfandel (Contra Costa County)

  1. $28

From the Zinmaster Cline brothers comes a ripe, elegant beauty. Packed with raspberry, dark chocolate, tobacco, nutmeg, clove, and a kiss of vanilla-scented oak, it’s complex and lush. Very dry, very strong and very interesting.

 — S.H.  (5/1/2000)
91
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Cline 1997 Small Berry Mourvèdre (Contra Costa County)

  1. $24

Very rich chocolate, plum and allspice aromas, like a pudding. Classy. From low-yielding old vines, and it shows in the intensity and density. Deft winemaking keeps it from being ponderous. Really alive and fresh; try with braised lamb shank and wild mushrooms.

 — S.H.  (10/1/1999)
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