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Cline Ancient Vines Zinfandel
Nevertheless, their 140 acres of vineyards in Contra Costa County, where Cline family originally started, remains famous for its ancient vines of Zinfandel, Mourvèdre and Carignane. With the age of vineyards ranging from 80 to 120 years old, these are some of the oldest and most rare grapevines in California.
Today, Cline cellars take care and produce several single lots of old vine Zinfandel with distinguish character and many awards under their belt. In my opinion, Cline makes some of the best Zinfandel wines found in California.
Cline Cashmere, the lovely blend of a traditional Rhône varietals called GSM (Grenache, Syrah, Mourvèdre) was initially created as a wine for an auction lot for the Hospice du Rhône, held in Paso Robles each year.
The name evokes smoothness and fluffy velvet (what a smart name for a wine) – and the wine is just that. I am sure that was a main reason why it became so popular. Another good reason to be a fan of this wine is the fact that it became a flag ship for Cline Cellar’s support of Breast Cancer Network of Strenght’s Ride to Empower.
Dark ruby color and a lovely aroma of red berries, currant and dark cherries. Smooth and velvety tannins give this fruity wine a body, a little spice and a lot of character. Each of the varietal brings its own potential to the party. Mourvèdre and Grenache gives it a lot of fruit expression, cherry and raspberry, when tannic Syrah brings the depth, hint of chocolate and body. Together with a necessary acidity it makes a perfect concert of flavors. Very well crafted wine that shouldn’t be missed.
Dry – Off dry – Medium sweet – Sweet
Light – Medium – Full body
No oak – Aged in oak
Retail price: under $ 16.00
Ideal food pairing:
Stewed meats, Super easy pork chops with onions and peppers, stuffed mushrooms, pork roasts, grilled meats, Flank steak with shitakee sauce, Beef Bourguignon, Pork cutlets baked in creamy potatoes