CLINE FAMILY CELLARS
Since 1982, Fred and Nancy Cline have celebrated their love of the land through production of delicious, accessible and authentic California wines. Today, the couple owns many properties across the state, many of which are farmed to produce and livestock beyond just grapes for wine production, encouraging the sort of biodiversity which is an important tenant with their broader philosophy of sustainable farming and agriculture. Cline produces delicious Chardonnay, Cabernet Sauvignon, Pinot Noir and Syrah, however are probably best known for their legendary Cline Zinfandel – a benchmark example of this distinctively Californian varietal wine. Offering consumers a wide range of flavours, styles and grapes from sustainably farmed vineyards, the Cline family continues to deliver wines that exceed expectations at every price level and category within their range.
2015 “ESTATE” PINOT NOIR
Heat and plenty of sunshine, two things people the world over imagine when they think of California, have cemented the reputation of Cabernet Sauvignon and Zinfandel in the global wine market. There are, however, pockets of cooler vineyard land from which producers such as Cline Family Cellars source their Pinot Noir; in this case, Cline has harvested fruit from the esteemed Petaluma Gap. Sloping hillsides, rocky soils, and proximity to the Pacific Ocean create a terroir that nurtures some of the finest Pinot Noir in California.
There’s a good reason why Pinot Noir is such a great go-to summer red – and that reason starts with its versatility with flavourful brilliant summer fare. You can serve this juicy and refreshing red with your favourite salmon, chicken, pork or beef dishes – or even with robust and full-flavoured summer salads.
“Lots of fruit on the nose with suggestions of oak and chocolate. Big, rich and concentrated, especially for a Pinot, with ripe fruit that nudges the flavours toward sweetness but doesn’t tip the scales. Chewy tannins provide great structure. Try this with grilled pork or blackened salmon.” –LCBO Vintages Tasting Panel
Producer: Cline Family Cellars
Wine: “Estate” Pinot Noir
Origin: California, USA
LCBO #: 329649