2018 Cline Rose "Ancient Vines" Mourvedre

2018 Cline Rose

¥2,860 (incl. tax)

Mourvèdre is a late-ripening grape that thrives in the hot, dry climates of southern France and Spain. In Cline’s Oakley Vineyard, Mourvèdre was planted over 100 years ago in the windswept, well-drained, sandy soils of the Sacramento River delta. Low yields are a feature of ancient, head-pruned vines, but the fruit is dark black with bright and intense flavors. Cline Cellars uses traditional Provençal methods to make this “blanc de noir.” A gentle crush and immediate pressing produces the lovely salmon color while avoiding astringency. Served well-chilled, this Rosé Mourvèdre will perk up a weekend lunch or refresh parched throats on hot summer evenings. Try it with tropical fruit salad, Provencal-style chicken or grilled salmon.

Winery


Winery Description

Cabernet Sauvignon and Chardonnay may seem ubiquitous in Northern California’s wine industry, but it wasn’t always that way. Seeing the old vineyards near his grandfather’s ranch in Oakley, California, Fred Cline learned that wine growers 100 years ago preferred Zinfandel, Petite Sirah, Grenache, Mataro (Mourvedre) and Carignan – often planted together in one vineyard as a “field blend.” Because this pattern is found in old vineyards throughout the state, it must have been a conscious choice among winegrowers back then. They must have understood that Zin and the Rhone varieties perform better under California’s dry but variable conditions than the finicky, slow-ripening Cabernet. These vines can thrive without irrigation (a.k.a. “dry-farming”) and the blending of grapes with different qualities would have ensured that the finished wine attained a proper balance of sugar, acid, ripeness and tannin.

In order to pursue his interest in Zinfandel, Rhone grape varieties and old vineyards, Fred Cline founded Cline Cellars near Oakley in 1981. The Ancient Vines bottlings are made from grapes grown in these low-yielding, Contra Costa County vineyards. In 1991, Cline moved his winemaking facility to a large ranch in Carneros, the cool, wind-swept district just north of San Pablo Bay between Napa and Sonoma counties. Even though Chardonnay and Pinot Noir dominate the vineyards here, Cline decided to plant Syrah, Viognier, Marsanne and Roussane and has proven that even in a cool climate these varietals can develop intense but elegant fruit and perfume. A more recent acquisition lies near Petaluma, in Sonoma County, and Cline Cellars has now added Pinot Noir to its roster of Zinfandel and Rhone reds and whites.

A focus on Zinfandel and Rhone varietal wines has not always been easy, but Cline Cellars has repeatedly earned accolades and critical acclaim. Over the years, many of the Zinfandels and others have earned 90 points and up in the Wine Spectator, and Wine & Spirits has called the Ancient Vines Mourvèdre “one of the top 100 values.” It doesn’t get much better than this: hand-crafted wines from sustainably-farmed vineyards that are intimately connected to California’s winemaking history. The wines of Cline Cellars are deep and rich with elegance, complexity and flavor AND available at reasonable prices.

About this Wine


Country USA
Region California
Appellation(s) Contra Costa County
Winery Cline
Vintage 2018
Color Rose
Varietal(s) 76% Mourvèdre, 19% Primitivo, 5% Zinfandel
Closure Screw Cap
Volume 750ml
Bottle Size 8.0 x 30.0
Case Size 33.0 x 25.0 x 31.0
Alcohol 13.5%
Product Code CL18ROS
UPC 098652190040

Owning & Enjoying


Tasting notes

After handpicking, the grapes were handled more like a white wine than a red. The grapes were pressed and the juice was fermented slowly at chilled temperatures without any skin contact. The fermentation was halted just before the wine was entirely dry.

Production


Vinification

92 points – Tasting Panel; 89 points (Best Buy) – Wine Enthusiast.

Salmon-colored, the wine offers aromas of fresh plums, passion fruit and floral notes that open up to layers of raspberry, watermelon and pomegranate. A crisp wine that’s not quite dry, it has a supple and silky structure and a long and lively finish.

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