Wednesday, May 7, 2014

Winechat with Cline Cellars

When we found out we were getting samples of Cline Cellars wines for #winechat, we were pretty excited, as Cline has a great reputation. We've tried a few of their wines, but these three Rhone varietals would be our first foray past their well-known Zinfandels.

Cline Cellars winechat

Fred Cline established the winery in 1982 in Oakley, California and relocated to Carneros-Sonoma in 1991. Varietals produced include Zinfandel, Syrah, Mourvèdre, Carignane, Viognier, and Marsanne. Since 2000, Cline Cellars has farmed the Green String way in an attempt to avoid reliance on chemical pesticides, fungicides, and fertilizers that are generally used in everyday farming to maintain and increase fertility, or to combat pest problems. They believe they utilize the most efficient methods towards retaining healthy vineyards as well as creating a healthy product for our consumers. They currently import from the State of Arizona, raw minerals of volcanic origin crushed to dust to incorporate into their soil, adjusting their terroir, in effect. You can certainly taste a strong minerality in these wines.

Tasting Notes

2012 Sonoma Coast Marsanne/Rousanne
66% Marsanne (Carneros estate vineyards) and 34% Rousanne (Sonoma Coast vineyard); unoaked; light straw color; stone fruit, honey, citrus and floral aromas; citrus, spice and minerals grabbing hold on the mid-palate. flavors; 14.5% ABV; cork closure; SRP $22.
2013 Contra Costa County Mourvèdre Rosé
Grapes from Contra Costa County Oakley vineyards; skins removed by pressing, extracting a small amount of color; bright pink/light red in color; bright red fruit, plum, and spices on the nose and palate; 13.5% ABV; cork closure; SRP $14.
2012 Sonoma Coast Cool Climate Pinot Noir
Fruit from Sonoma Coast vineyards; hand harvested, destemmed, then fermented in stainless steel; aged nine months in 35% percent new French medium toasted oak; ruby red color; cherry, vanilla,and earth aromas; bright red fruit, spice, and earth flavors; medium body with soft tannins; 14.5% ABV; cork closure; SRP $18.
Though not available in all markets, Cline Cellars are widely distributed and well-worth searching out. Supporting vintners who farm sustainably, then create tasty wines at reasonable prices is always a good practice.

#winechat is a social chat on Twitter, occurring every Wednesday evening (except holidays) from 6:00pm -7:00pm PST / 9:00pm – 10:00pm EST. It's an on-line conversation with wineries, distributors, sommeliers, wine writers—anyone interested in a wine conversation to improve themselves and their business. All are welcome!

These wines were provided for tasting purposes.

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