Tuesday, August 21, 2018
The 2017 Farmhouse White from Cline Cellars mixes it up and stands out from most white blends because of the uniqueness of the six varietals that are the backbone of this refreshing beauty. Medium golden with loads of honeycomb and warm tropic fruits on the nose. Hints of wildflower appear as this wine warms to (my) proper drinking temperature (which is room temperature). Blended with Palomino (41%), Muscat Canelli (25%), Roussanne (22%), Marsanne (6%), Viognier (5%) and Riesling (1%), this wine provides a crisp and slightly sweet flavor profile of tropical fruits, pear preserves, key lime pie and cantaloupe. The finish is solid and this wine should be taken seriously, because it is one that will bring you back over and over again. I would recommend this with raw veggies and dill dip or bruschetta that is high in garlic content.
Suggested retail price: $15.00
Drink The Bottles score: 87/100
Wednesday, April 11, 2018
So, I was super excited to get this bottle of wine, which is produced by Cline Cellars of California. Why? Because to me this wine represents much more than what is inside. This bottle represents to me heritage, education, appreciation and love for farming and the earth. I guess I feel, in some way, that I have a "six degrees" connection with this bottle and what it stands for because farming has run in my family for generations. Be good stewards of the earth and ye shall be rewarded.
The 2016 Farmhouse Red wine has some real energy. As I was pouring this wine, the raspberry, smoky, scorched earth actually leaped from the glass. Swirling only accentuated the same and completely filled the nose and throat with delicious, full, warm aromas. In the mouth is a wine that makes a presence with the blackberry pie, toasted dark bread and sweet cherries that combine with a peppery and luscious finish that doesn't necessary linger, but is memorable and delicious. If fruit-forward wines are your jam, than this wine is calling your name. This wine would be a great cheese wine or pair well with meat that has been on the smoker all day. This is a blend of Merlot (39%), Syrah (21%), Zinfandel (20%), Grenache (9%), Petite Sirah (7%) and Mourvedre (3%). Solid!
Suggested retail price: $15.00
Drink The Bottles score: 89/100
Saturday, March 10, 2018
I wish I had a dollar for every time over the years someone has asked me, "What's a good wine"? That's such an open-ended question, especially if you don't know someone's taste preference or budget. I could spend hours recommending good wines, but you really need some trial-and-error in your life to see what you like. Even if you like California wines, the flavor profiles vary greatly from appellation to appellation. Remember, it starts with the soil! Ok, I think I've rambled on enough here, right? So, let's talk about this 2014 Cline Cellars Sonoma Coast Estate Merlot. For those who think they don't like Merlot, it's typically because they haven't had any delicious, 100% Merlot like this one, or they have watched Sideways too many times. This beautiful wine is a medium ruby red in color with aromas of dark cherry, chocolate and burnt cedar after intense swirling. (And if you aren't swirling your wine, you're cheating yourself out of the full tasting experience!). The oak aging adds some complexity to this wine which is evident by the very smooth finish with cherries, a kiss of plum and semi-sweet chocolate. This Merlot will pair with a wide variety of pasta and roasted meat dishes. Pick this wine up, drink it and then call Cline Cellars and thank them for making such a delicious and affordable 100% Merlot!
Sonoma Coast, California
Suggested retail price: $22.00
Drink The Bottles score: 90/100
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