2019 Cline "Farmhouse" White

2019 Cline

¥2,200 (incl. tax)

With Farmhouse, Cline Cellars takes the art of blending to the next level, assembling a bright, crisp and rich white wine from the likes of Pinot Gris, Chardonnay, Muscat Canelli, Palomino, Marsanne, Viognier, and Gewürztraminer, grapes that in Europe would never find their way into the same bottle. Cline’s Farmhouse brand honors the Green String Farm in Petaluma (about 15 km from Cline Cellars), where a “beyond sustainable” philosophy of agriculture is taught to students from around the world. Since 2001, Fred Cline has been farming the Green String way, using no pesticides, herbicides or artificial fertilizers; controlling weeds with sheep and goats, and encouraging friendly insects to prey upon harmful ones. It’s a crisp, bright wine that delivers great value for the price. Farmhouse White pairs well with appetizers such as ripe tomatoes and mozzarella, salads with extra-virgin olive oil, Asian cuisine and fish dishes.

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) California
Winery Cline
Vintage 2019
Color White
Varietal(s) Pinot Gris, Chardonnay, Muscat Canelli, Palomino, Marsanne, Viognier, Gewürztraminer
Closure Screw Cap
Volume 750ml
Bottle Size 7.5 x 30.5
Case Size 31.0 x 24.0 x 31.0
Alcohol 13.5%
Product Code CL19FW
UPC 098652840006

Owning & Enjoying


Tasting notes

88 points (Best Buy) – Wine Enthusiast. 

A tinge of pink greets the eye before leading to aromas and crisp flavors of peach, grapefruit, lime and lemon. Crisp acidity helps the wine pair well with tomato appetizers or lightly-spiced chicken or fish dishes.

Production


Vinification

Following cold-temperature fermentation in stainless steel without undergoing malolactic fermentation, the wine was lightly filtered to preserve the fruit flavors and varietal characteristics.

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