16wine of the week - klinker brick old vines /mb twj

Klinker Brick Old Vines Zinfandel, 2006

The name "Klinker Brick" comes from discarded "over-fired" bricks that dot the Lodi, Calif., landscape’s architecture. This Zinfandel is certainly one you’ll not want to discard.

The most intense, multi-dimensional Zinfandel tends to be produced from old vines, or vines that are at least 50 years old. The old vines tend to have fewer grape clusters and smaller berry size, which yields more sugars, color and concentration of flavor.

Klinker Brick Old Vines Zinfandel is produced from 14 different vineyard blocks. This wine is both complex and bold delivering typical Klinker Brick cherry, berry and plum fruit components with aromatic spices on the nose. It is incredibly well-balanced with a silky smooth finish texture and long lingering finish. This wine is 15.8 percent alcohol by volume.

This week’s Wine of the Week was submitted by Benjamin A. Dudley, certified wine specialist and manager at Hy-Vee Wine and Spirits at Barlow Plaza. If you would like to submit to Wine of the Week, send it to


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