Cline Cellars Mourvedre Contra Costa County Ancient Vines 2009
Fred Cline established Cline Cellars in Oakley, Contra Costa, California in 1982. This winery is now well established, but the current trend for all things Rhône-like was not what started Fred down the Rhône varietal path more than twenty years ago. His leap of faith beyond the traditional, well-trodden Cabernet and Chardonnay route stemmed from his belief in the “magnificent old vines in my own backyard”, and it is these vines that still underpin Cline’s efforts. The 'Ancient Vines Mourvèdre' draws from some of our oldest, most historic and shyest-bearing vineyard blocks. Consistently, this vineyard produces fruit of stunning concentration as the result of sensitive farming practices, the singular Oakley terroir, and a unique cooling band of air that flows in from the San Joaquin and Sacramento Rivers. By naturally restricting yields to 2 to 3 tons per acre, our old vines achieve sublime expression of the dark, dusty berry fruit quality that is so characteristic of this wine. Individual lots of grapes were harvested separately according to ripeness and balance of acidity. The wine was pressed off its skins at dryness before being racked to dark toasted American Oak (approximately 25% new) where it was gently aged for ten months and then stored in neutral cooperage." Charlie Tsegeletos, winemaker . The Ancient Vines Mourvèdre offers distinct chocolate characteristics and a luscious deep plum flavor. Tannins are soft with a substantial mouth-feel. Goes great with Pork Tenderloin and Rack of Lamb.
Pours a dark violet color with some dark red hues on the edges. Aromas of plums, dark berries, charred wood and currants. Starts off with the dark cherries and blackberries hitting the palate first. In the middle, there is more currant flavors than dark berries and the smoke starts to come through. Finishes with some more smoke, dark berries, currants and a hint of vanilla. Lot lasting taste left on the palate. Lots going on with this wine, probably would do best with some aging. Definitely not a wine to drink on its own, needs food.
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Dietary Information: Organic
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