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Fred Cline established Cline Cellars in Oakley, Contra Costa, California in 1982. This winery is now well established...Read more...
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Really enjoyed powerful bouquet, a little strong on alcohol but was new bottle. Very smooth as the cashmere name suggests. Berry and a little smokey Read more
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To be sure, this is a very targeted, market-driven new production… and I think it does exactly what it sets out to do and deserves to be a tremendo... Read more
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To be sure, this is a very targeted, market-driven new production… and I think it does exactly what it sets out to do and deserves to be a tremendous success. For openers, the Cline marketers have got the name right. “Cashmere” evokes both the texture of the wine and the casual lifestyle of the target audience. This is an utterly charming wine, without pretense, blended from Grenache, Syrah and Mourvedre. A <i>California-livin'</i> Rhone wine, as it were. The nose and flavor profile are forthrightly coffee, tobacco, mint, and other exotic nuances of the usual dark fruit descriptors. As it should be, the balance is slightly on the sweet and soft side for tannin and acidity (who wants thorns in their comfy sweater!), and the 15% alcohol is happily heat free. Unlike so many over-priced and over-the-top fruit bombs these days, this is definitely a wine that compels you to finish the bottle… and remember the name for the next <i>California-livin'</i> occasion. At the $21 price point, “Cashmere” could be a brand that catches on and enjoys a lasting niche in a wine marketplace without lots of brand loyalty.
Wine Tasting NotesWe initially created this blend as an auction lot for the Hospice du Rhone held in Paso Robles each year. Cashmere is a very flavorful, smooth wine offering big cherry, raspberry and chocolate notes with hints of cracked black pepper and plum. 63% Grenache, 22% Syrah and 15% Mourvedre.
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.he Big Break ancient vineyard was chosen for the 2005 Late Harvest Mourvèdre. It is planted in deep sandy soil, is dry-farmed and benefits from the drying winds that blow through Contra Costa County. The vineyard carried a light crop of grapes that ripened and dehydrated without rotting to a high sugar content. By the time the grapes arrived at the winery the lot was 25% raisiny. Working with ultra ripe and raisiny fruit to make this delicious wine had its challenges. The yield of concentrated grape juice was about half of what Cline attained from the grapes they used to make the Mourvèdre table wines.The must began to ferment after three days in the tank. They chose not to add yeast to the tank and instead allowed natural yeast to do the work. Fermentation progressed and in a matter of three weeks the combination of alcohol and sugar caused the fermentation to draw to a close. The wine was racked to French oak barrels using only 25% new oak so as to allow the flavours show through without being masked by the oak. In addition to being luxuriously sweet and rich this decadent wine has flavours of coffee, chocolate and berries. It will age for decades and it is a wonderful accompaniment to desserts of all types, especially dark chocolate ones
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