2007 Cline Cellars Cashmere
Rhône varietals are quickly becoming some of my favorite wines. Both French and Central California wines exhibit their own particular characteristics and I love to compare them whenever I get a chance. I tasted this wine a couple of weeks ago and just wanted to be sure the bottle I bought wasn’t a fluke. After buying a case and having a second bottle, I must declare that this wine is spectacular, especially for the price. At Costco, this wine was just $11.49 a bottle.
This Rhône-style blend consists of 39% Grenache, 38% Syrah and 23% Mourvèdre. The grapes were from old vines sourced from vineyards in Oakley and Paso Robles, California. It doesn’t have the overwhelming boldness of many California wines which may be due to only 25% of the wine being aged in new French oak. It gives it an Old-World elegance which I really appreciate when drinking this wine as an aperitif .
It pours with a brilliant ruby red color and immediately you’re treated to aromas of chocolate and ripe cherries. Raspberry, cherry and subtle spices combine on the palette with the pleasant silky mouth feel. The smooth, medium-long finish gave me tastes of vanilla and black pepper with no harsh tannins or what I call, “the pucker factor” from too much acid. It was superbly balanced and like many New-World style wines, this wine tasted excellent now but will probably age for a few more years. However, it tastes so good now, I doubt it was last for long in my cellar.