Full Review

Cline

Cline
2015 Big Break Vineyard, Grenache, Contra Costa County

Pair this wine with:
Beef Cheese Lamb Pasta Pork

Category: Grenache

Date Tasted:
Country: USA
Alcohol: 15.5% RS: .25%
Sustainable Farming
92 Points
Gold Medal
Exceptional
$60

Cline
2015 Big Break Vineyard, Grenache, Contra Costa County

Pair this wine with:
Beef Cheese Lamb Pasta Pork

Category: Grenache

Date Tasted:
Country: USA
Alcohol: 15.5% RS: .25%
Brick red color. Exotic, herbal aromas and flavors of menthol-eucalyptus rub, chocolate frango mint, and lavender with a satiny, vibrant, dry-yet-fruity medium-to-full body and a silky, subtle, medium-long finish with elements of smoked nuts, huckleberries with cocoa, and hint of clove cigarette ash with chewy, crunchy tannins and light oak flavor. A super exotic grenache with bushel loads of herbal character and an Aussie swagger.

Tasting Info

Wine Glass Style: Crisp & Lively, Fruity, New World & Savory
Aroma Aroma: menthol-eucalyptus rub, chocolate frango mint, and lavender
Taste Flavor: Same as aromas with elements of smoked nuts, huckleberries with cocoa, and hint of clove cigarette ash
Sweetness Sweetness: Dry-yet-Fruity
Enjoy Enjoy: Now-3 years on its own and with food
Recipes Pairing: Baked Ham, Lamb Tagine, Lasagna
Bottom Line Bottom Line: A super exotic grenache with bushel loads of herbal character and an Aussie swagger.

The Producer

Cline Cellars

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

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.