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DAVID CLINTON Zinfandel  "Teldeschi Vineyard - Ancient Vine"  Dry Creek Valley 2016

David Clinton Zinfandel

Retail Price: $32

Value Rating: 4.3

Wine Factor: 1.5
Date Posted: November 18, 2019
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Scores & Value Ratings Explained

DDWA Score: 91

Great Value


Napa’s David Clinton Wine Cellars is a Dry Creek Valley, Sonoma Zinfandel house. Unique, and pretty darn cool. Their “Teldeschi” Zinfandel vines are up to 130 years old. What do you get with age? Think of it as rings on a tree, and each ring adds another smell or flavor. Vine age translates to wine complexity rather than concentration.

What do 130 years of dirt time mean for David Clinton “Teldeschi” Zinfandel? Spice! Licorice, mint, black pepper, cumin, clove and espresso coat the brambly raspberries and blueberries. I know what you’re thinking: Do I have 120+ more descriptors to reach 130? Maybe…I’ll enjoy trying as I drink wild beauty.

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Two Napans, first names David and Clinton, transformed their winemaking hobby into a business in 2010 and have steadily improved the quality and character of their David Clinton Wines ever since. They currently make two single vineyard, Dry Creek Valley Zinfandels, this “Teldeschi” with vines up to 130 years of age, and “Mounts,”  45 year old vines.

For all my David Clinton reviews, GO HERE.

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