Full Review

Cline

Cline
2016 Estate Grown, Chardonnay, Sonoma Coast

Pair this wine with:
Chicken Shellfish Turkey

Category: Chardonnay

Date Tasted:
Country: USA
Alcohol: 14% RS: <1%
Sustainable Farming
84 Points
Bronze Medal
Recommended
$12.99

Cline
2016 Estate Grown, Chardonnay, Sonoma Coast

Pair this wine with:
Chicken Shellfish Turkey

Category: Chardonnay

Date Tasted:
Country: USA
Alcohol: 14% RS: <1%
Yellow straw color. Aromas and flavors of rubber eraser and grilled apple with a soft, dry-yet-fruity light body and a fast finish with nuances of apples with creme fraiche, nutskin, and cedar plank with a suggestion of oak flavor. A light oaky chardonnay sipper.

Tasting Info

Wine Glass Style: Juicy & Smooth, Oaky & Quaffable
Aroma Aroma: rubber eraser and grilled apple
Taste Flavor: Same as aromas with nuances of apples with creme fraiche, nutskin, and cedar plank
Sweetness Sweetness: Dry-yet-Fruity
Enjoy Enjoy: Now Enjoy on its own
Recipes Pairing: Turkey, Roasted Chicken, Boiled Lobster
Bottom Line Bottom Line: A light oaky chardonnay sipper.

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.

Chardonnay

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Serve in a White Wine Glass
Chardonnay is arguably the world’s most famous white variety, thanks to its success in France’s Burgundy region as well as throughout much of California. Chardonnay on its own has rather straightforward, pleasant aromas of apple and pear, but when aged (and sometimes fermented) in small oak barrels, the wines take on extra richness as well as notes of toasted almond, vanilla and yeast.

The most renowned examples of Chardonnay are from small villages and vineyards in Burgundy, such as Chassagne-Montrachet, Puligny-Montrachet and Meursault. These wines are very powerful with ample spicy notes and very good acidity; they age very well, sometimes as long as 20-25 years. Another part of Burgundy, Chablis, is home to more restrained style of Chardonnay. Certain areas of California, especially Russian River Valley in Sonoma and Santa Barbara County are also home to many distinguished examples of Chardonnay, with those from the latter region often displaying tropical fruit flavors.

Given that most Chardonnnays are aged in small oak barrels, there has been a movement as of late to give consumers a mored delicate style of Chardonnay, without all the spicy and toasty flavors. Thus there are now many producers that produce non-oak aged Chardonnays; this has been seen from many producers from Australia as well as a few in California as well.

Chardonnay, especially oak-aged versions, are quite rich and need seafood of equal richness at the dinner table. Thus lobster, halibut and swordfish are ideal food pairings.