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Cline Cellars Red Rhone Blend California Cashmere 2006

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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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Cline Cellars:
  Cline Cellars was founded in 1982 by Fred Cline, grandson of Valeriano Jacuzzi, founder of Jacuzzi Family Vineyards. Originally located in Oakley, California, the winery was moved in 1991 to Carneros, in Sonoma County, on a 350 acre estate. Cline Cellars produces Chardonnay, Pinot Noir, and Merlot, as well as Rhône varietals such as Syrah, Viognier, Marsanne, and Roussanne. Cha... Read more
  Cline Cellars was founded in 1982 by Fred Cline, grandson of Valeriano Jacuzzi, founder of Jacuzzi Family Vineyards. Originally located in Oakley, California, the winery was moved in 1991 to Carneros, in Sonoma County, on a 350 acre estate. Cline Cellars produces Chardonnay, Pinot Noir, and Merlot, as well as Rhône varietals such as Syrah, Viognier, Marsanne, and Roussanne. Charlie Tsegeletos, the winery’s Director of Winemaking and their winemaker, ensures that the grapes speak for themselves through the wines that he produces. Read less

Member Reviews for Cline Cellars Red Rhone Blend California Cashmere

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Snooth User: redcarrie
8887465
4.00 5
04/01/2010

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


Snooth User: stellarredhead
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5.00 5
01/09/2009

super yum!!!


Snooth User: themellowman
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4.00 5
08/16/2011

Four glasses


External Reviews for Cline Cellars Red Rhone Blend California Cashmere

External Review
Source: Shop Wine Direct
01/17/2009

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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