Full Review

Cline

Cline
2014 Block Eight, Merlot, Los Carneros

Pair this wine with:
Beef Cheese Pasta

Category: Merlot

Date Tasted:
Country: USA
Alcohol: 15.5% RS: <1%
Sustainable Farming
93 Points
Gold Medal
Exceptional
$29.99
Cellar Selection
2017 Top 6 Best Merlot

Cline
2014 Block Eight, Merlot, Los Carneros

Pair this wine with:
Beef Cheese Pasta

Category: Merlot

Date Tasted:
Country: USA
Alcohol: 15.5% RS: <1%
Garnet black color. Herbal aromas and flavors of eucalyptus, cinnamon, bergamot, cranberry sauce, and orange zest with a velvety, vibrant, dry-yet-fruity medium-full body and a warming, intricate, long finish with elements of clove, juniper, chocolate genache, braised pumpkin, and brown sugar with chewy tannins and moderate oak flavor. A superbly complex and distinctive herbal wine with a evolving finish; a must-try.

Tasting Info

Wine Glass Style: Fruity, Juicy & Smooth, Oaky, Rich & Full & Spicy & Complex
Aroma Aroma: eucalyptus, cinnamon, bergamot, cranberry sauce, and orange zest
Taste Flavor: Same as aromas with elements of clove, juniper, chocolate genache, braised pumpkin, and brown sugar
Sweetness Sweetness: Dry-yet-Fruity
Enjoy Enjoy: Now-3 years with food and on its own
Recipes Pairing: Prime Rib, Meat Loaf, Lasagna
Bottom Line Bottom Line: A superbly complex and distinctive herbal wine with a evolving finish; a must-try.

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.

Merlot

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Serve in a Cabernet Wine Glass
Merlot is a red variety that is loved by consumers, yet often shunned by certain wine gurus and critics, as they perceive these wines as “little sisters” to the more powerful Cabernet Sauvignon. Yet on its own, the best examples of Merlot are multi-layered, complex wines that are among the finest in the world.

Merlot has many similar flavors to Cabernet Sauvignon, especially with its cherry and plum fruit, but is has fewer, less sharp tannins than Cabernet Sauvignon. Many producers whether in Bordeaux, America, Chile or elsewhere, often blend small percentages of Merlot into Cabernet Sauvignon to lessen the tannic bitterness of the latter.

A few districts in France’s Bordeaux region, namely Pomerol, are home to the greatest examples of Merlot. Chateau Petrus is the world’s most famous example of Merlot, a powerful wine that ages beautifully for 30 or 40 years in the best vintages. There are also celebrated examples from American, especially in Washington’s Walla Walla valley as well as in Napa Valley in California. Merlot is also very successful in Chile, New Zealand and even in certain part of Italy.

Merlot pairs best with foods such as lamb or veal, but it also sought out by consumers to accompany steaks and roast when they want a rounder, more elegant red wine.