Full Review

Cashmere

Cashmere
2015 Exquisite Red Blend , California

Pair this wine with:
Beef Pork

Category: Rhône Red Varietal Blend

Date Tasted:
Country: USA
Alcohol: 14.5% RS: .3%
85 Points
Silver Medal
Highly Recommended
$14.99

Cashmere
2015 Exquisite Red Blend , California

Pair this wine with:
Beef Pork

Category: Rhône Red Varietal Blend

Date Tasted:
Country: USA
Alcohol: 14.5% RS: .3%
Burnt sienna color. Roasted, savory aromas and flavors of chocolate espresso bean, smoked nuts and peppers, and bacon bits with a supple, bright, dry-yet-fruity light-to-medium body and a tingling, breezy finish conveying notes of coconut milk and hint of rubber eraser with chewy, fine tannins and light oak flavor. A nice creamy, lightly smoky red wine blend that will shine with roasted meats.

Tasting Info

Wine Glass Style: Fruity & Juicy & Smooth
Aroma Aroma: chocolate espresso bean, smoked nuts and peppers, and bacon bits
Taste Flavor: Same as aromas with notes of coconut milk and hint of rubber eraser
Sweetness Sweetness: Dry-yet-Fruity
Enjoy Enjoy: Now on its own
Recipes Pairing: BBQ Pork, East Texas Brisket, Souvlaki
Bottom Line Bottom Line: A nice creamy, lightly smoky red wine blend that will shine with roasted meats.

The Producer

Cline Cellars

The Producer
24737 Arnold Dr
Sonoma, CA 95476
USA
1 707-940-4030

Their Portfolio

85 Cashmere 2015 Exquisite Red Blend , California 14.5% (USA) $14.99.
91 Cashmere 2015 Black Magic Red Wine, California 15% (USA) $14.99.
87 Cashmere 2016 Exquisite White Blend, California 14.5% (USA) $12.99.
90 Cline 2014 Ancient Vines, Mourvedre, Contra Costa County 15% (USA) $17.99.
91 Cline 2014 Ancient Vines , Carignane, Contra Costa County 15.5% (USA) $17.99.
91 Cline 2015 Viognier, North Coast 14% (USA) $11.99.
93 Cline 2013 Big Break Vineyard, Grenache, Contra Costa County 15.5% (USA) $35.99.
85 Cline 2016 Estate Grown, Chardonnay, Sonoma Coast 14% (USA) $12.99.
89 Cline 2015 Estate Grown, Pinot Noir, Sonoma Coast 14% (USA) $14.99.
89 Cline 2014 Estate Grown, Merlot, Sonoma Coast 14% (USA) $14.99.
81 Cline 2016 Estate Grown, Pinot Gris, Sonoma Coast 14% (USA) $12.99.
91 Cline 2016 Viognier, North Coast 14% (USA) $10.99.
89 Cline 2015 Ancient Vines, Zinfandel, Contra Costa County 15% (USA) $14.99.
93 Cline 2015 Ancient Vines, Mourvedre, Contra Costa County 15.5% (USA) $14.99.
89 Cline 2016 Ancient Vines Rosé, Mourvedre, Contra Costa County 13% (USA) $12.99.
83 Cline 2015 Old Vine, Zinfandel, Lodi 14% (USA) $10.99.
89 Cline 2015 Syrah, Sonoma County 14% (USA) $10.99.
89 Cline 2016 Estate Grown, Pinot Noir, Sonoma Coast 14.5% (USA) $14.99.
88 Cline 2016 Estate Grown, Pinot Gris, Sonoma Coast 14% (USA) $12.99.
84 Cline 2016 Estate Grown, Chardonnay, Sonoma Coast 14% (USA) $12.99.
88 Cline 2014 Estate Grown, Merlot, Sonoma Coast 14% (USA) $14.99.
88 Cline 2015 Syrah, Sonoma County 14% (USA) $10.99.
93 Cline 2014 Block Eight, Merlot, Los Carneros 15.5% (USA) $29.99.
87 Cline 2016 Viognier, North Coast 14% (USA) $10.99.
88 Cline 2016 Roussanne-Marsanne, North Coast 14.5% (USA) $12.99.
88 Cline 2015 Syrah, Sonoma County 14% (USA) $10.99.
85 Cline 2015 Small Berry, Mourvedre, Contra Costa County 15.5% (USA) $70.00.
89 Cline 2014 Big Break Vineyard, Grenache, Contra Costa County 15% (USA) $29.99.
90 Cline 2016 Late Harvest Dessert Wine, Mourvedre, Contra Costa County 14.5% (USA) $36.00.
86 Cline 2017 Pinot Noir, Sonoma County 14.5% (USA) $14.99.
91 Cline 2017 Estate Grown, Pinot Gris, Sonoma Coast 13.5% (USA) $14.99.
92 Cline 2016 Late Harvest, Mourvedre, Contra Costa County 14.5% (USA) $36.00.
92 Cline 2017 Estate Grown, Viognier, Sonoma Coast 15% (USA) $18.00.
92 Cline 2015 Big Break Vineyard, Grenache, Contra Costa County 15.5% (USA) $60.00.
87 Farmhouse 2016 White Blend, California 14% (USA) $10.99.
87 Farmhouse 2015 Red Blend, California 14% (USA) $10.99.
88 Jacuzzi 2015 Late Harvest, Aleatico, Sonoma County 15.5% (USA) $35.00.
87 Jacuzzi 2016 Cabernet Sauvignon, Contra Costa County 14% (USA) $28.00.

Rhone Red Varietal Blend

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Serve in a Zinfandel Wine Glass
A Rhone varietal blend can be made up from any number of varieties found in France's Rhone Valley. This can be either white or red (some red Rhone blends even contain a small percentage of white grapes) and can be a true Rhone wine or one made in another country, such as the US or Australia.

While most red Rhone blends contain four or five varieties, such as Syrah, Cinsault and Grenache, one famous Rhone blend, Châteauneuf-du-Pape can contain as many as thirteen different varieties! White Rhone blends contain varieties such as Marsanne, Viognier and Roussanne.

Producers in several regions of California, such as Paso Robles, Santa Barbara and Sonoma Counties produce excellent Rhone blends (especially white blends in Santa Barbara), while New York State, Washington State and Virginia are also home to vintners that make Rhone blends.

Pair red Rhone blends with spicy, hearty foods such as game and roasts, while the white tend to work best with sushi/sashimi and fusion cuisine.