Clif The Climber Red 2009

Clif Family Winery, California, The Climber, Red Wine 2009 This is abundantly fruity, with a profound sense of blackberries, plums and I’m not sure what else.Clif Red 2009

This recalls a recent discussion among with a group of colleagues who write and teach about wine. Sometimes the precision of the description of a wine is not as important as the impression of concentration and vividness. This came up again during a class in the VESTA program. What is it that you remember – is it the fact that wine smelled like boysenberries or loganberries or rather that it was just ebulliently fruity?

But I digress. In the mouth, the fruity theme continues in a light-bodied, smooth format that is ready to consume without a month in the cellar – very nice.

The grapes were sourced from Mendocino County and Lodi and include 63% Zinfandel, 21% Cabernet Sauvignon, 12% Syrah, 2% Merlot and 2% Petite Sirah.

Winemaker at ClifYes, this is another wine from Gary and Kit, the people that brought us the Clif Bar. Winemakers Sarah Gott and Bruce Regalia.

Besides the quality of the juice in the bottle, this particular vintage took the first ever award for ‘best wine label’ at the Chronicle Wine Competition in January.Clif Winemaker

Vinted and bottled under a screwcap closure in St. Helena 14.1% a media sample with a suggested retail price of $14 Clif Family Winery

About RJ

Ray Johnson is the Executive Director of the Wine Business Institute at Sonoma State University. He writes about food and wine, his travels and the business of wine. He makes his home in Sonoma County, California.
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