Full Review

Cline

Cline
2015 Small Berry, Mourvedre, Contra Costa County

Pair this wine with:
Beef

Category: Mourvedre

Date Tasted:
Country: USA
Alcohol: 15.5% RS: <1%
Sustainable Farming
85 Points
Silver Medal
Highly Recommended
$70

Cline
2015 Small Berry, Mourvedre, Contra Costa County

Pair this wine with:
Beef

Category: Mourvedre

Date Tasted:
Country: USA
Alcohol: 15.5% RS: <1%
Nearly opaque violet color. Aromas of blackberry bramble, fernet, and menthol with a soft, dry-yet-fruity medium-to-full body and a nuanced, medium-length dried boysenberry, spearmint, angelica root, and espresso crema finish with chewy tannins and moderate oak flavor. A hugely herbal Mourvedre that offers endless mystery and intrigue.

Tasting Info

Wine Glass Style: Funky, Oaky & Spicy & Complex
Aroma Aroma: blackberry bramble, fernet, and menthol
Taste Flavor: dried boysenberry, spearmint, angelica root, and espresso crema
Sweetness Sweetness: Dry-yet-Fruity
Enjoy Enjoy: Now with food and with cigars
Recipes Pairing: Blue Cheese Crusted Ribeye, Beef Teriyaki, Steak Fajitas
Bottom Line Bottom Line: A hugely herbal Mourvedre that offers endless mystery and intrigue.

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.
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.
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.

Mourvedre

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Serve in a Zinfandel Wine Glass
Mourvedre is a red grape planted in several countries, but best known for its use in the Rhine Valley of France. It is most commonly used as a blending variety in Châteauneuf-du-Pape; it is also found in red wines from southern France, such as Bandol, Provence and Languedoc-Roussillon. Mourvedre is also known as Monastrell and is used as a blending grape in several Spanish reds such as La Mancha and Conca de Barbera.

Mourvedre can also be made on its own, as in California and Australia. The wines are deep in color and robust with ripe blackberry and black plum fruit with distinct spice; acidity is good and there are medium-weight tannins. These wines should be paired with rich food with a zesty character, be it barbecued chicken or pork, wild game or stews.