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Cline Cellars Carignane Ancient Vines 2005 and all other wine from Cline Cellars are readily available to ship at discount prices. We carry many pr... Read more
Carignan, or “kerrigan” as local old timer growers call it, is most often thought to have originated from the town of Carineña near Priorat, Spain.... Read more
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Cline Cellars Carignane Ancient Vines 2005 and all other wine from Cline Cellars are readily available to ship at discount prices. We carry many premium wine from across the world.
Carignan, or “kerrigan” as local old timer growers call it, is most often thought to have originated from the town of Carineña near Priorat, Spain. Often used as a blending grape in the wines of the southern Rhone and Languedoc Roussillon, it is rarely the main attraction. On its own, it occasionally manifests itself with an unfortunate combination of high acidity and green underripe flavors. In the white sandy soil of Contra Costa County, in Oakley in particular, the old vines produce a world class, benchmark example under the expert care of the Cline family, heirs to the Jacuzzi fortune (Fred Cline's maternal grandfather was Valeriano Jacuzzi). Crystalline blue-rimmed magenta, this unctuous, feral wine has aromas of strawberry, raspberry, earth, and underbrush. On the palate the wine is full bodied, gamey, plummy, chewy, gently oaked, and somewhat rustic, with intoxicating notes of <i>animale, sauvage,</i> and sea air. Electrifying currents of lemon/lime acidity give balance and brighten up the long, clean finish. This is not a wine for the first date. Enjoy with fellow wine geeks and one exquisitely ripe wheel of triple cream cheese such as Explorateur with garlic-rubbed toast points and chopped fruity olives.
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