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Cline Cellars

Sonoma
www.clinecellars.com

Although Cline Cellars certainly doesn’t expect to end the reign of Cabernet Sauvignon in California’s vineyards, they are certain that they’re at the forefront of the state’s viticultural future. Ex-surfer Fred Cline is riding the Rhône wave. The courageous flavors, spicy overtones and richness of fruit that is typically associated with the classic Rhône varietals are truly the perfect complement to the boldly flavored food that Americans favor. Their incredibly concentrated and highly idiosyncratic wines have garnered enormous acclaim.


Drawing upon extensive vineyard holdings in the Contra Costa AVA (Approved Viticultural Area) —planted to a diverse and truly remarkable collection of old-vine Rhône varietals — Fred crafts wines of breathtaking concentration and purity of fruit. Because of Cline’s dedication to those unique Rhône varietals—such as Mourvèdre, Carignane, Syrah, Cinsault and Alicante Bouschet—they’re known as pioneering Rhône Rangers—outlaws living at the fringes of the dominant Californian viticultural paradigm. Cline’s decision to focus on these more esoteric varietals is twofold: First, they have little competition in a market glutted, they say, “with hack Cabernet and Merlot”; second, they have ready access to several of the state’s oldest and most historic vineyards, planted “long before Merlot ever became fashionable”.

More recently, Cline Cellars has dropped jaws with its Zinfandels. While the origins of this unique varietal remain largely obscure, if ever there was a wine to think of as native Californian, it would invariably be Zinfandel. In the flavor spectrum, Zin tends towards the extremes; when vinified in a sensitive fashion and lavished with care and attention, it produces a wine of uncommon richness, depth of blackberry aromas and flavors and a take-no-prisoners type of concentration “that often leaves tasters with purple teeth and wonderful, life-long memories of greatness”. Their Contra Costa vineyards, dry-farmed in extremely sandy soil, produces their Zinfandel and Mourvèdre wines from 80 to 110 year-old vines.

Their Sonoma ranch, chosen for its cool climate, is planted to Syrah, and the white Rhône grapes Viognier, Marsanne and Roussanne. Cline Cellars is at the cutting edge of Californian wine—ironically, with some of the state’s (and world’s) oldest and most historic vineyards.
 

Fred Cline--owner of Jacuzzi Family Vineyards and Cline Cellars in Sonoma, California--talks about getting his start wine making, his grandfather Valeriano Jacuzzi of hot tub fame, and how you can start a successful winery with $9,000.

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Cline Cashmere 2012 
Characteristics: 35% Mourvèdre • 24% Syrah • 23% Grenache • 18% Petite Sirah aging: 6 months, 25% new French oak
"Cashmere is a very flavorful, smooth wine offering big cherry, raspberry and chocolate notes with hints of cracked black pepper and plum."
Charles G. Tsegeletos, Winemaker

Cline Cellars proudly supports Living Beyond Breast Cancer and over the years has contributed more than $270,000 to breast cancer foundations.
Origin: USA California - Sonoma
Average Rating: 4 out of 5
Type: Red
Price: $17.00/bottle
Bottle size: 750 mL
Bottles Per Case: 12
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Cline Cellars Oakley 82 Reds 2011 
Characteristics: Bright but full-bodied, Oakley 82 Red combines jammy boysenberry with mild pepper flavors. Luscious fruit is complemented by smooth tannins that ensure the flavors will age well into the future.
Tasting notes from the winemaker
Origin: USA California - Sonoma
Average Rating: not available
Type: Red
Price: $12.00/bottle
Bottle size: 750 mL
Bottles Per Case: 12
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Cline Cellars Zinfandel Big Break 2011 
Characteristics: Eucalyptus mint, firm structure and exotic spice are key elements in our 2011 Big Break Zinfandel. always a robust wine, the 2011 shows crisp black cherries, exotic spice, as well as, a toasted oak characteristic. It holds a distinct dusty berry characteristic (reminiscent of picking wild black berries in the hot summer sun), what we affectionately describe as our “Oakley terroir”. Big Break Zinfandel can be enjoyed young but it should also benefit from 5 to 7 years of cellaring.
Charles G. Tsegeletos, winemaker
Origin: USA California - Sonoma
Average Rating: not available
Type: Red
Price: $30.00/bottle
Bottle size: 750 mL
Bottles Per Case: 12
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Cline Cellars Zinfandel Lodi 2012 
Characteristics: "Our Lodi Zinfandel is a challenging and rewarding wine to produce. Strict selection criteria and master blending show in the final product, which showcases dark berry flavors including black cherry and strawberry. Spice notes, a lasting finish of vanilla from oak aging, and firm, supple tannins add complexity."
Charles G. tsegeletos, Winemaker
Origin: USA California - Sonoma
Average Rating: 4 out of 5
Type: Red
Price: $12.00/bottle
Bottle size: 750 mL
Bottles Per Case: 12
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Cline Mourvedre Rose 2013 
Characteristics: Cline 2013 Mourvèdre Rosé, Contra Costa County | 13.5% | A lovely rosé made from Mourvèdre planted over a century ago to Contra Costa County (named for being the coast opposite the bay from San Francisco), this maybe the closest California gets to the great rosés of Bandol –France’s great spiritual home of the Mourvèdre variety and in the 2013 vintage in particular the closest in terms of fragrance and character. Tangy red cherries and those tiny, aromatic alpen strawberries are the voices that propel past the chorus of its floral fragrance while a low note of anise blooming in a hot pan throws these further into relief. Drier and more dynamic than previous years, this rosé is all the better for food pairings with enough acidity to make a nice match for charcuterie or rillettes but with a plush and polished texture this is such an easy rosé to sip here and now without any food at all. It is a beautiful pink rose-petal rosé with just enough pomegranate sort of tannin to lend grip without rocking this perfect little boat; a sumptuous bit of character for such a demure, blushing complexion whose batting eyelashes are neither coquettish nor an strategic affect but simply a darling feature of how this darling rosé relays her tale.
Wine review by Nicholas Livingston, April 3, 2014 (Root)
Origin: USA California - Sonoma
Average Rating: not available
Type: Rose
Price: $12.00/bottle
Bottle size: 750 mL
Bottles Per Case: 12
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