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Cline Cellars Syrah Sonoma Coast Cool Climate 2004

External Review by Appellation America:

This is one of those wines that compels us to consider the Sonoma Coast appellation’s crazy architecture. As long as it has existed, people have said the “true” appellation was in the far northwest, right out at the water’s edge, near Ft. Ross and the town of Seaview. Last week I heard that a group of inland vintners near Occidental and Freestone are talking about a sub-appellation because they think <i>they</i> occupy “the true Sonoma Coast.” But after tasting this wine, and those of Keller Estate, I have to say there’s plenty of truth way down in the southeastern corner of the appellation.This wine comes from Cline’s vineyards just over the western hills behind their Highway 121 tasting room in southern Sonoma Valley. It’s a Sonoma Coast Syrah in all respects, with its central layers of concentrated black and blue fruits sandwiched between summer sweetness and spice up high and warm earth underneath. It’s a great ride in your mouth, with Syrah’s brambly spice and juiciness and some nifty citrus structure going on across the palate. Then it all finishes clean and confident and appetizing – if Syrah’s not a food wine, it’s not worth your time. Speaking of that, anyone making cassoulet tonight?

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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

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Snooth User: sandracary
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12/05/2010

Three and a half glasses


External Reviews for Cline Cellars Syrah Sonoma Coast Cool Climate

External Review
Source: Appellation America
10/16/2008

This is one of those wines that compels us to consider the Sonoma Coast appellation’s crazy architecture. As long as it has existed, people have said the “true” appellation was in the far northwest, right out at the water’s edge, near Ft. Ross and the town of Seaview. Last week I heard that a group of inland vintners near Occidental and Freestone are talking about a sub-appellation because they think <i>they</i> occupy “the true Sonoma Coast.” But after tasting this wine, and those of Keller Estate, I have to say there’s plenty of truth way down in the southeastern corner of the appellation.This wine comes from Cline’s vineyards just over the western hills behind their Highway 121 tasting room in southern Sonoma Valley. It’s a Sonoma Coast Syrah in all respects, with its central layers of concentrated black and blue fruits sandwiched between summer sweetness and spice up high and warm earth underneath. It’s a great ride in your mouth, with Syrah’s brambly spice and juiciness and some nifty citrus structure going on across the palate. Then it all finishes clean and confident and appetizing – if Syrah’s not a food wine, it’s not worth your time. Speaking of that, anyone making cassoulet tonight?


External Review
Source: Astor Wines & Spirits
06/26/2007

With its intense color and loads of black pepper, this wine will knock your socks off. Toasty blueberry and vanilla notes round out the palate.




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