Full Review

Cline

Cline
2014 Big Break Vineyard, Grenache, Contra Costa County

Pair this wine with:
Beef Cheese Chicken Pasta

Category: Grenache

Date Tasted:
Country: USA
Alcohol: 15% RS: <1%
Sustainable Farming
89 Points
Silver Medal
Highly Recommended
$29.99

Cline
2014 Big Break Vineyard, Grenache, Contra Costa County

Pair this wine with:
Beef Cheese Chicken Pasta

Category: Grenache

Date Tasted:
Country: USA
Alcohol: 15% RS: <1%
Dusty violet color. Interesting, exotic aromas of spiced tea, incense, sandalwood, and menthol with a round, crisp, dryish light-to-medium body and a tingling, involved, medium-length dried cherries, plump olives, and cumin finish with a suggestion of oak flavor. A unique and exotic grenache packed with interesting spice flavors.

Tasting Info

Wine Glass Style: Fruity, Juicy & Smooth & Spicy & Complex
Aroma Aroma: spiced tea, incense, sandalwood, and menthol
Taste Flavor: dried cherries, plump olives, and cumin
Sweetness Sweetness: Dryish
Enjoy Enjoy: Now on its own and with food
Recipes Pairing: Chicken Tagine, Meat Loaf, Lasagna
Bottom Line Bottom Line: A unique and exotic grenache packed with interesting spice flavors.

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.
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.
86 Cline 2018 Gewurztraminer, North Coast 14.5% (USA) $22.00.
89 Cline 2018 Nancy’s Estate Grown, Riesling, Sonoma Coast 8.5% (USA) $25.00.
88 Cline 2017 Old Vine, Zinfandel, Lodi 14% (USA) $10.99.
86 Cline 2017 Ancient Vines, Zinfandel, Contra Costa County 15% (USA) $14.99.
93 Cline 2016 Big Break Vineyard, Zinfandel, Contra Costa County 15% (USA) $29.99.
94 Cline 2017 Live Oak Vineyard, Zinfandel, Contra Costa County 15.5% (USA) $29.99.
88 Cline 2017 Pinot Noir, Sonoma County 14.5% (USA) $14.99.
92 Cline 2017 Estate Grown, Syrah, Sonoma Coast 14.5% (USA) $12.99.
88 Cline 2018 Viognier, North Coast 14.5% (USA) $10.99.
83 Cline 2018 Estate Grown, Viognier, Sonoma Coast 14.5% (USA) $12.99.
83 Cline 2018 Estate Grown White Blend, Sonoma Coast 13.5% (USA) $14.99.
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.
89 Jacuzzi 2017 Pinot Grigio, Sonoma County 13.5% (USA) $21.00.

Grenache

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Serve in a Zinfandel Wine Glass
Grenache is the world's most widely planted red variety, yet its fame is primarily as a blending variety. The most famous examples are in the Rhone Valley as part of Châteauneuf-du-Pape and Gigondas, in Spain (where it is known as Garnacha) in Priorat reds, and in Australia, where it is often blended with Shiraz.

Grenache on its own is a light red wine; indeed there are numerous versions of Grenache rosé from France and Spain' respectively, these wines are Tavel and Navarra Rosé. Tannins are very light and aromas are of wild strawberry, rhubarb and geranium.

There are also small amounts of Grenache grown in Italy (in Sardinia, as Cannonau) and the United States.