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Fred Cline learned his love for farming and winemaking from his maternal grandfather, Valeriano Jacuzzi (of pump and spa fame). On Jacuzzi’s Oakley, California farm, Fred helped him produce Zinfandel, Mourvedre, and Carignane for personal consumption. After graduating from U.C. Davis with a degree in Agricultural Science and Management, Fred and his wife Nancy founded Cline Cellars near Oakley, California. They preserved and restored many of the ancient vine sites originally planted by Italian and Portuguese immigrants. In 1991, the Clines relocated the winery to a 350-acre estate in Sonoma’s Carneros region. There the Clines pioneered planting Rhone-style varieties such as Syrah, Viognier, Marsanne and Roussanne. The experiment was an enormous success; in 2004, the Wine Spectator’s annual Editor’s Picks issue named Cline Cellars one of the “50 Great Producers Every Wine Lover should know.”
In my opinion, the wines from Cline represent some of the best values in California. Cline’s winemaker, Charlie Tsegaletos consistently crafts delicious, food friendly wines from the Cline’s estate vineyards.Cheers!
-Bill The Wine Guy

 


 

Ancient Vines Zinfandel Contra Costa County 2013
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A deep purple color and luscious flavors of black cherry, strawberry, and dark chocolate lead to a medium finish. Accompany with slow cooked BBQ pork, chicken mole, or spinach mushroom casserole.

 


 

Zinfandel Lodi 2013
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The Lodi Zinfandel shows a wide array of dark berry fruit including black cherry and strawberry. Additionally, spice notes and a lasting finish of vanilla from oak aging and firm, supple tannins add complexity to this wine. This wine is ready to drink now and will continue to develop complexity over the next three to four years. It pairs well with charcuterie, gumbo or grilled steak.

 


Syrah Sonoma County 2013
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A deep purple wine of surprising complexity, exploding with black cherry fruit and cracked black pepper. Try it with gnocchi or mushroom polenta.

 


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