2019 Cline Sonoma Coast Marsanne Roussanne

2019 Cline Sonoma Coast Marsanne Roussanne

¥3,740 (incl. tax)

Rare in California, Roussane and Marsanne feature prominently in the Rhone Valley, where they are typically combined into a white wine that’s delightfully aromatic yet rich and well-bodied. While Marsanne provides depth, body, richness and nuttiness, Roussanne adds acidity as well as floral and fruity aromatics. The result is a rich and elegant wine to be enjoyed with meals. The Marsanne (78% of the blend) comes from a small corner of Cline’s Carneros estate while the Roussanne (22%) is sourced from vineyards in the Sonoma Coast and the cool Petaluma Gap. Despite spending no time in oak, the wine has body along with fresh citrus and tropical fruit flavors. Try it with smoked fish, grilled salmon, or even curried or stir-fried dishes. Cline is one of a handful in California making wine from Marsanne and Roussanne. If you are looking to move beyond the typical whites, you should check this one out!


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) Sonoma Coast
Winery Cline
Vintage 2019
Color White
Varietal(s) 66% Marsanne, 34% Roussanne
Closure Screw Cap
Volume 750ml
Bottle Size 8.0 x 30.0
Case Size 35.0 x 26.0 x 31.0
Alcohol 13.0%
Product Code CL19MAR
UPC 098652150020

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Tasting notes

Notes of honey and orange open up to tropical fruit and distinct minerality. It’s a medium-bodied wine with lively fruit that shines through a long finish.



Handpicked grapes were destemmed but not crushed before being pressed gently. The must was chilled to maintain fresh flavors and fermented and aged in stainless steel. 

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