2018 Cline "Cashmere" California

2018 Cline

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“An indulgence you can afford” is how Cline Cellars describes this silky & smooth blend of Mourvèdre, Grenache, and Syrah. We love its enchanting flavors, notes of pepper and versatility around grilled salmon or duck or pork. While modeled on the soft, juicy-ripe, perfumed reds of the Southern Rhone, it nevertheless asserts its California identity with its seductive color and intense fruit flavor. The Mourvedre and Grenache were sourced from dry-farmed vineyards in the Oakley region of Contra Costa County, while the Syrah grew in the cool hills of the Sonoma Coast. Each variety added something unique to the whole, whether the chocolate and cherry flavors of the Mourvèdre, the softness of the Grenache or the tannic structure and berry fruit of the Syrah. 


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) California
Winery Cline
Vintage 2018
Color Red
Varietal(s) 65% Mourvèdre, 18% Grenache, 17% Syrah
Closure Cork
Volume 750ml
Bottle Size 8.0 x 30.0
Case Size 33.5 x 25.0 x 30.5
Alcohol 14.5%
Product Code CL18CAS
UPC 098652400019

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Tasting notes

87 points – Wine Enthusiast.

Smooth and velvety, the wine enchants with spicy cherry and raspberry with notes of leather and vanilla. The medium-bodied palate offers a generous mouthful of cherry and plum leading to notes of black pepper and baking spices on the finish. 



Vineyard blocks were harvested separately. Gentle destemming left a large proportion of whole berries in the must to encourage fruit flavors and soften the tannins. After fermentation in steel tanks, the grapes were pressed and aged in 28% new French oak for 10 months.

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