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 of their broader philosophy of sustainable farming and agriculture. Today, Cline produces delicious Chardonnay, Cabernet Sauvignon, Pinot Noir and Syrah, however they are 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.
Reviews & Scores
Cline Ancient Vines Zinfandel 2017
“Floral and lush with pretty, spicy favors; aromatic, dense, and long, this expression hails from a consistently value-priced winery. Score: 91 Pts.” – Tasting Panel Magazine
“Intricate smoke and Indian spice aromas give this full-bodied wine a dramatic start before black cherry and blackberry join in on the palate. It has moderate tannins for good grip. Score: 89 Pts.” – Jim Gordon, Wine Enthusiast, Aug. 1, 2019.
Medium ruby colour; intense ripe, raspberry and black fruit aromas with hints of earthy spice and chocolate; dry with generous blackberry fruit flavours and a rich mouthfeel; spicy long finish.
Cline Estate Chardonnay 2018
Crafted with a splash of Pinot Gris, this delivers impressive apple and vanilla notes and plenty of well-integrated acidity. The oak use is subtle and adds a delicately drawn spice note on the close. Good structure and tone. A great wine for grilled pork chops.
“Floral aromas guided by honeysuckle, gardenia, and lemon blossom are unearthed in this lovely, pristine white. Similarly floral notes are dotted with white pepper, tangerine tartness, and a hint of sage on the sleek and flinty palate. Score: 92 Pts.” – Tasting Panel Magazine
Cline Viognier 2018
Quite aromatic and floral. Ripe, bold peach, with spice and touches of honey. Good weight and a pleasing mouthfeel. This will be a successful match for grilled pork or chicken. (Vintages panel, Aug. 2019)
Cline 2018 Sonoma County Pinot Noir
Petaluma Gap’s rocky, rich soil on Sonoma Coast produces small but intense yields of supple, characteristically cool-climate fruit. A smaller production from one of Sonoma’s best-known, most consistent producers of Rhône varietal wines.
An extraordinary elegance, and a silky cherry, red berry (fresh straw-berry!) scented bouquet with sumptuous, layered flavours of dark chocolate, raspberry, and lilacs, with a lingering and complex finish. Estate-grown grapes were harvested by hand, pressed, barreled and aged for 5-10 months in 40% new, medium-toasted, French oak — in addition to a small amount of American and Eastern European oak — for subtle vanilla and toffee notes. Winemaker’s Note: ideal companion to lamb, duck & braised meats.
Score: 93 Pts (2017 Vintage)
James Suckling, jamessuckling.com
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Cline 2017 Sonoma Coast Estate Syrah
The epitome of savoury, this gem is singing cracked black pepper and black cherry. Cline’s Syrah is a delicate, medium-bodied wine that shares a kinship with those from the Rhône Valley, not the heavier, warm-climate Syrah found elsewhere. For pairing, think grilled Salmon and sautéed veg over pasta.
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