Full Review

Cline

Cline
2014 Estate Grown, Merlot, Sonoma Coast

Pair this wine with:
Beef Cheese Pasta Pork

Category: Merlot

Date Tasted:
Country: USA
Alcohol: 14% RS: .49%
Sustainable Farming
89 Points
Silver Medal
Highly Recommended
$14.99
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Cline
2014 Estate Grown, Merlot, Sonoma Coast

Pair this wine with:
Beef Cheese Pasta Pork

Category: Merlot

Date Tasted:
Country: USA
Alcohol: 14% RS: .49%
Garnet black color. Fruity, spicy aromas and flavors of baked fruits, cocoa butter, and spiced nuts with a silky, bright, fruity medium body and a smooth, engaging, medium-length honeyed cherries, creme brulee, and oak finish with fine, chewy tannins and light oak. A tasty, wood accented merlot that will be versatile.

Tasting Info

Wine Glass Style: Fruity, Juicy & Smooth & Quaffable
Aroma Aroma: baked fruits, cocoa butter, and spiced nuts
Taste Flavor: honeyed cherries, creme brulee, and oak
Sweetness Sweetness: Fruity
Enjoy Enjoy: Now on its own and with food
Recipes Pairing: Roast Pork With Grilled Peaches, Bacon Wrapped Filet Steak, Lasagna
Bottom Line Bottom Line: A tasty, wood accented merlot that will be versatile.

The Producer

Cline Cellars

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

Their Portfolio

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91 Cashmere 2015 Black Magic Red Wine, California 15% (USA) $14.99.
87 Cashmere 2016 Exquisite White Blend, California 14.5% (USA) $12.99.
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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.
87 Farmhouse 2016 White Blend, California 14% (USA) $10.99.
87 Farmhouse 2015 Red Blend, California 14% (USA) $10.99.

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.