Cline Cellars Mourvedre Contra Costa County Small Berry 2006
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 100 plus year old Small Berry Mourvèdre vineyard is a small block that consistently produces one of our most complex and concentrated Mourvèdre wines. The vines were originally planted on their own roots, which make this one of California’s most historic vineyards. Cline dry-farm these ancient, head-pruned vines continuing a practice that was employed by the Italian and Portuguese immigrants who planted them. The wine exemplifies the unique character of the varietal while showcasing the elegant flavours that are contributed by the phylloxera resistant sandy soils. The proximity of this vineyard to Eucalyptus trees also contributes to Small Berry’s unique signature. In 2006, grapes from the Small Berry vineyard block were harvested at high natural sugar levels and treated gently in the cellar to emphasize the explosive fruit characteristics of the block. The fruit was almost entirely de-stemmed and lightly crushed, with a large proportion of whole berries remaining in the must. Fermentation occurred at moderate temperatures in stainless steel tanks. The wine was pressed after going dry and then racked to another settling tank before being put down to barrels.This vineyard has always shown intense concentration of flavours due, in part, to the miniscule yields. Tobacco, juicy plum, and eucalyptus-mint dominate this wine. With plenty of flesh and a firm balanced structure of acid and fine-grained tannins this is delicious now and will age beautifully for many years to come.
Nice dark berry flavor with a nose of bramble and brown grass, some chocolate on the finish - enjoyed it....was sipping it on New Year's. For $30, I could find a zin I'd like for less, but still a nice glass. Strong enought to go with some lighter foods I would think. Not sure it would stand up to a steak.
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