Wine Review: Clif Family Winery | The Climber | 2009

In this review: The Climber 2009 Sauvignon blanc and 2009 Red wine

The climber red white

Clif Family Winery, The Climber 2009 Sauvignon Blanc, California.

The  blend: 80% Sauvignon Blanc, 13% Pinot Gris, 5% Riesling, 1% Pinot Meunier and 1% Muscat.

Alcohol: 13.7%

Production: 3,000 cases

Suggested Retail Price: $12

According to the winery the fruit is sourced from Organic and sustainably farmed vineyards in Lake County, Mendocino County and Lodi.  The juice was fermented in 100% stainless steel and did not undergo malolactic fermentation.

The nose is quite pretty, with sweet floral and tropical fruit notes.  The palate is more complex than the $12 retail price would suggest, yet still within the parameters of a California Style Sauvignon Blanc.  The palate is predominantly melon and citrus.  The Riesling and Muscat add a slight sweet acidity to the Sauvignon blanc.

Clif Family Winery, The Climber, 2009 Red Wine California

The Blend: 63% Zinfandel, 21% Cabernet Sauvignon, 12% Syrah, 2% Merlot and 2% Petite Sirah

Alcohol: 14.1%

Production: 3,500 cases

Suggested Retail Price: $12

According to Clif Family Winery the fruit comes from sustainably farmed vineyards in Mendocino and Lodi.  Each component was fermented separately and then blended prior to bottling.

This wine taste like an uncomplicated Zinfandel from Lodi.  Fruit forward, jammy with a little black pepper spice. Hidden in the mix is a hint of smokey Syrah as well. This wine was not as interesting or palatable as its white counterpart.  I would suggest pairing this with frozen pizza on a weekday.

Clif Family Winery & Farm Website

*Disclaimer* These wines were received as samples


  1. I am looking for the name of a wine store in Boulder Colorado within 20 miles of the zip code 80301 to purchase red wine climber. I love it, and the bottle is awesome, because I am a climber!
    Susan Orlando

  2. Last review is the zenith of tightass baloney
    I enjoyed this wine perhaps the last reviewer should try a better class of frozen pizza
    Jammy taste was probably a remenent of last nights date

    1. Thanks for the comment Matt, quite entertaining! I guess I should have mentioned that I actually like a good frozen pizza, like a peperoni digiorno baked kinda crunchy but still chewy. Wash it down with a jammy wine and that’s a pretty good week day 🙂

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