(From 2013 Vintage) Flavors of dark plum and chocolate lead to a hint of oak and a smooth finish. This scrumptious and unusually delightful wine goes exceptionally well with grilled lamb or pork, sautéed asparagus and curried deviled eggs.
(From 2013 Vintage) Our Ancient Vines Mourvdre offers distinct chocolate characteristics and a luscious deep plum flavor. Tannins are soft with a substantial mouth-feel.
Appellation AmericaOne of California’s finest pre-Prohibition wine regions, Contra Costa County was first planted in 1846. Many Italians settled in the area and planted the bulk of what remains today, especially Zinfandel and Mourvèdre. It’s only in the last few decades that the area has been recognized as a source of premium fruit. The Rhône Ranger movement started in Oakley, with its old-vine Mourvèdre still a much sought after fruit source. Vineyards in Oakley are on flatlands at the confluence of the Sacramento and San Joaquin rivers and have very deep sandy soil. A soft breeze comes through each afternoon and evenings are 10-35°F cooler than afternoons. Fog sometimes comes up on the water, but it doesn’t come out onto the vines. Mourvèdre is around a century old here and finds particular success. It has to struggle to ripen and produces a small crop. Opaque ruby with dark, earthy notes, Cline’s is a benchmark American wine. It is richly textured and voluptuous with silky tannins and brilliant underlying natural acidity. This multi-faceted wine has notes of chalk, dried herbs, brush, garrigue, mineral, tar, mocha, truffle, and Asian Five Spice with fig, raisin, and vanilla flavors on the long, sweet tart finish.