Cline Cellars Cashmere
California - United States
Rhone-style; flavor of cherry/raspberry/chocolate/hints of cracked black pepper/plums; earthy undertone; long finish; deep jewel color, rich aroma
March 5, 2009
"I paid $14.99 for this bottle and while not a bad wine, it does not live up to its price. It is a smooth and silky wine but lacks depth and structure. It's not bad but there are better bargains out there."
October 5, 2008
"About This Wine:
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 Grenache, Syrah
and Mourv?®dre. Just as with the processing of cashmere, the production
of these meticulously farmed grapes and the blending of the components
that result in this wine is something achieved only with extraordinary
time and skill. Enjoy with foods and friends of distinction. Cline
Cellars will donate $25,000 to the Breast Cancer Network of Strength's
Ride to Empower.
*Wine Type:* Red Wine
*Harvest Date:* September 3-October 11
*Bottling Date:* June, 2008
*Residual Sugar:* .21%
*Alcohol %: * 14.5%
This Cashmere blend consists of 39% Grenache, 38% Syrah and 23%
Mourvedre. The lion‚Äôs share of Grenache for this luscious blend is
harvested from Massoni Vineyard in Oakley, California. Cluster-thinning
and leaf-pulling to increase fruit concentration is common practice
here. Our ancient vines Oakley Big Break vineyard which is planted in
phylloxera-resistant sandy soil is another contributor to the Grenache
piece of the blend. As well, this vineyard produces the Mourv?®dre. Syrah
is sourced primarily from Paso Robles where warm days and cool nights
enhance the intensity of flavors.
The individual lots of grapes were harvested separately according to
ripeness and balance of acidity. The grapes underwent total de-stemming
and a very gentle crushing to ensure a large proportion of whole berries
in the must. Fermentation was carried out in stainless steel with select
cultured yeasts at controlled temperatures. Grapes were pressed at
dryness then settled for ten days and racked to 25% new French oak with
a dark toast level for nine months.
We initially created this blend as an auction lot for the Hospice du
Rhone held in Paso Robles each year. Cashmere is a very flavorful,
smooth wine offering big cherry, raspberry and chocolate notes with
hints of cracked black pepper and plum."