Cline Cashmere 2011
Rhone Red Blends from California
Wine Style Guide
Red wines that are more fruit-forward and lighter in tannin and body.
Medium bodied reds that go down easy, with smooth tannins and supple fruit.
Wines where earthy and/or spicy dominate the flavors – typically medium to full body.
Full bodied wines that have concentrated fruit and are higher in alcohol and/or tannins. Some need age.
Alcohol By Volume: 13.5%
Alcohol By Volume Guide
Most wine ranges from 10-16% alcohol by volume. Some varietals tend to have higher (for example Zinfandel and Cabernet Sauvignon) or lower alcohol levels (Pinot Noir and many white varietals), but there is always some variation from producer to producer. Some wine falls outside of this range, for instance Port weighs in closer to 20%, while Muscat and Riesling are usually a bit below 10%.
Cashmere is one of the most precious gifts of nature. It evokes quality, luxuriousness, and something that is a labor of love to produce. Our Cashmere is a silky and wonderful blend of Mourvèdre, Grenache, and Syrah. It is a very flavorful, smooth wine offering bright cherry, raspberry, chocolate and toast 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.
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"Lush but oh-so-lovely, this sleek contender (a GSM blend) speaks a spiced cherry tongue that tickles the upper palate. Pretty and perfectly food-friendly."
"A stunning value, the 2011 Cashmere is a 47,000-case blend of 35% Mourvedre, 24% Syrah, 23% Grenache and 18% Petite Sirah aged six months in oak. This knock-out red is a California version of an exuberant Cotes du Rhone with lots of pepper, black currant, raspberry, forest floor and underbrush characteristics as well as rich, medium-bodied, juicy, succulent flavors with plenty of texture and plushness. Enjoy it over the next several years.
The Wine Advocate
Earthy & Spicy
Pleasantly earthy, fruity aromas without any harsh elements. Primarily red fruit flavors (bing cherry, thimbleberry, raspberry) with a distinct earthy component, again surprisingly pleasant given Mourvedre’s reputation for somewhat rough and rustic farmyard characteristics. Some black fruit components in the background behind the earthy character, but red fruits are dominant. Second night similar to the first, with a little more black fruit shows in the initial flavors than was the case for the first night. Red fruits again dominate after a little airing in the glass. Third night rather similar to the second, with black fruits beginning to challenge the red fruits in the flavors, and with tannins beginning to emerge a little more in the flavors and finish. After some airing in the glass, the red fruits again assert themselves in the flavors Medium/full bodied, smooth, with mild tannins. A wine that grows on you, and one of the few wines with a noticeable earthy component that I actually like. A versatile food wine. At its best on the first and second nights, but still holding up quite well on the third night after a bit of airing in the glass.
Smooth & Supple
Fruity and concentrated with a nice mouth-feel. A good go-to red for entertaining guests or sipping while watching a movie.
Smooth & Supple
Great sipping wine & excellent with a recent spicy pasta dish
Average for a wine in the $10 to $11 range. Not a value at $15. Very weak and little aroma.
This wine was odd. I've had other vintages of this wine and I've enjoyed this, but this particular vintage (2011) seemed off. It wasn't flawed but it seemed as if sugar had been added or something had been altered. Not flawed, but also not, subjectively that tasty.
Smooth & Supple
Disappointing. I loved the well-balanced 2010, but this was way too jammy for my taste. If you like fruit-forward wine, you will probably enjoy this.
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Fred Cline founded Cline Cellars in 1982, in Oakley, California. In 1991, the winery facilities relocated to the Sonoma Valley on a 350 acre estate in the Carneros District. The Cline Brothers, Fred and Matt, are Zinfandel and Rhone varietal specialists. Their holdings include some of the oldest and rarest vines in California. They are best known for the one hundred year old...
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The Rhone region of France has a delightful selection of red varieties. There are 22 grapes allowed in the Rhone AOC, about half of them red. Most of these varieties are used as secondary blending partners, often comprising less than 10% of the blend. The primary red players of Rhone blends are Syrah, Grenache and Mourvedre. Most wines from the Southern Rhone use Grenache as their...
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