2020 Cline "Farmhouse" Red

2020 Cline

¥2,200 (incl. tax)

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Cline’s Farmhouse label celebrates the Green String Farm in Petaluma, a center dedicated to studying methods of farming that are "beyond sustainable." In Cline’s vineyards that means keeping the soil and plants free from pesticides and artificial chemicals so that healthy vines produce high-quality grapes. In the winery, the focus is on blending grape varieties instead of relying on oak aging or other manipulations for flavor. Farmhouse 2020 consists of Zinfandel, Mourvèdre, Petite Sirah, and Carignane. This is a medium-bodied, luscious red wine with nicely balanced acidity, plum, chocolate, and berry notes and a smooth, rich finish. It's hard to believe such a fine and distinctive wine is available at such a reasonable price! Try this with a steak - beef or tuna would satisfy equally - or a rustic pasta with plenty of mushrooms.


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 2020
Color Red
Varietal(s) Zinfandel, Mourvèdre, Petite Sirah, Carignane
Closure Screw Cap
Volume 750ml
Bottle Size 7.5 x 30.5
Case Size 31.0 x 24.0 x 31.0
Alcohol 14.5%
Product Code CL20FR
UPC 098652840013

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Tasting notes

Aromas of plum, raspberry, and vanilla precede a juicy mouthful that modulates among flavors of strawberry, raspberry, cherry, and chocolate. Smooth tannins, a luscious mouthfeel, and a long finish add to the pleasure.



Handpicked grapes were fermented in stainless steel tanks before aging in 25% new French oak for 12 months.

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