Clif Family Winery

2021 'Gary's Improv' Zinfandel Oak Knoll District AVA, Napa Valley, CA

27 in stock


27 in stock

"Beautiful bright red in color with serious and complex aromatics. Boysenberry, blackberry pie, and sage with a slightly more Cabernet-like character. The entry on the palate is fruit driven followed by a midpalate full of gentle tannins. The wine finishes with finesse and the length is driven by lasting fruit flavors." – Winemaker's Tasting Notes
APPEARANCE medium ruby
AROMAS & FLAVORS black cherry, blackberry, coffee cake, Earl Grey tea, potting soil, dried herbs
PALATE bright acidity, medium body, velvety tannins, lingering finish
FOOD PAIRING SUGGESTIONS Barbecue ribs, Thanksgiving turkey, Autumn stews and braises, dishes with eggplant, mushrooms, and black beans

93% Zinfandel and 7% Petite Sirah

PRODUCTION 620 cases
AGING POTENTIAL Drink now through 2035

93 points – Wine Enthusiast

VINEYARD Valle di Sotto

This Zinfandel comes from our new, CCOF certified Valle Di Sotto vineyard in the heart of the Oak Knoll District of Napa Valley. The Oak Knoll District is located at the southern end of the Valley where cooling marine influences create a unique micro-climate that helps the grapes maintain bright fruit flavors and retain acidity.


Hand harvested in the cool morning hours; the fruit is hand sorted before the destemmer. After a three day cold soak, the juice is inoculated with cultured yeast. During fermentation, temperature and extraction are carefully managed. The wine is then pressed off the skins and placed in French oak barrels for aging.

Aging: 14 months in 20% new French Oak barrels


Join us for SIP Virtual Wine Tasting & Education with Chef John McConnell from Clif Family Winery to learn about the versatility of the Zinfandel varietal, the seasonal food to enjoy with the wine, and how it’s enjoyed at Clif Family Winery. Additionally he will share details about the new experiences at Clif Family Winery’s Enoteca and the approach to elevating food and wine pairings without making the experience too pretentious.


Laura Barrett

winemaker laura barrett clif family winery

About the Winemaker

Laura Barrett brings her passion for wine, a life-long love of science and attention to detail to winemaking at Clif Family. Inspired by her first harvest in New Zealand, Laura received a Masters in Viticulture and Enology from the University of California, Davis and trained under some of Napa Valley’s most celebrated winemakers. With a vineyard-driven approach and a focus on organic farming, Laura is enthusiastic about working to create balanced and elegant wines.


About the Winery
Clif Family Winery
All 90 acres of Clif Family estate vineyards and farm are certified organic and certified Napa Green, a “soil-to-bottle” sustainability program. Clif Family Winery is committed to improving the efficiency of their crop inputs and increasing their soil organic matter and plant diversity.
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