"A blend of Granache, Mourvedre and Petite Sirah combine for seductive flavors cherry, raspberry and chocolate, with hints of cracked black pepper and plum. One of the most versatile reds we produce, try Cashmere as an accompaniment to grilled salmon, pork roast or duck. Cline Cellars proudly supports Living Beyond Breast Cancer and over the years has contributed more than $270,000 to breast cancer foundations. The majority of the grapes for the 2012 vintage come from our vineyards in Contra Costa County. Grenache comes from the Massoni vineyard in Oakley, where grape clusters are meticulously thinned to concentrate the flavors in the fruit. Grenache also comes from the Big Break vineyards, where vines are dry-farmed and produce scant but intense fruit. Mourvèdre vines are planted in sandy soil and are dry-farmed, providing luscious flavors of chocolate and cherry. The addition of Petite Sirah this year has added a deeper color, more tannin and a nice black pepper note." ~ Winery notes
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Our Story: From Obscure to Extraordinary
It began on a farm in Oakley, CA in the tumultuous days of the late 1960s when a young Fred Cline spent summers on his grandfather's farm. While the rest of the country was in cultural upheaval, Valeriano Jacuzzi, one of the seven Jacuzzi brothers who pioneered American aviation and water pumps, taught his grandson the cherished old-world ways of teasing magic from the soil.
Fred never lost his love for the soil. With new bride Nancy Bunting, he embarked on a mission to bring Rhone-style wines to American dinner tables. Restoring vines that were decades old, some over 100 years, Fred and Nancy produced Mourvedre, Carignane, Marsanne, Roussane and Viognier. He also planted acres of what would become legendary Cline Cellars Zinfandel.
In 1993, Fred and Nancy moved the winery to a 350-acre ranch in the famed Carneros Valley in Sonoma County. There the Clines planted Merlot, Chardonnay, Pinot Noir, and Syrah. They opened a tasting room in the 1853 farmhouse, and renovated the grounds to highlight the history and pastoral beauty of the property.
Today, the Clines own many acres of vineyards throughout Sonoma County, with other properties in Oakley and Tehama. Passionate about the importance of history, they own and have restored the nearby Dillon Beach Resort, the Mizpah Hotel in Tonopah, NV, and the Villa Laura in Tuscany. They also operate Green String Farm, a 150-acre working farm that produces a variety of fruits and vegetables grown on soil that is tended and nurtured without toxic chemicals. The produce from Green String is used by such culinary luminaries as Alice Waters of Chez Pannise.