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Cline Small Berry Mourvèdre - $41.99

Wine Details

Price: $41.99
Producer: Cline Cellars
Region: California
Varietal: Mourvedre
Container Size: 750 ML
  • Red Wine
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Product Description

  • We will bottle and release this wine only when we feel the vintage quality is extremely high. In addition to being luxuriously sweet the wine has flavors of coffee, chocolate and berries. It will age for decades and it is a wonderful accompaniment to desserts of all types.
  • After receiving a degree in Agriculture Management from U.C. Davis, Fred Cline started Cline Cellars with an inheritance from his grandfather. The cellars were founded near Oakley, California. Here, he preserved and restored many ancient vine sites to their rightful reign as premier California wine lands. In 1991, Fred and his wife Nancy relocated the winery from Oakley to the Carneros region of Sonoma County on a historic 350-acre estate with new vineyards and facilities. While much of the cool Carneros region is planted to Chardonnay, Pinot Noir and Merlot, Fred pioneered the planting of Rhône varietals including Syrah, Viognier, Marsanne and Roussanne. This experimentation led to producing rich, distinctive Rhône-style wines and intense, flavorful Zinfandels for which he has garnered enormous acclaim.

Expert Ratings

Ratings   Vintage Source Flavors
WineSpectator - 87 Details: A big galoot, with muscular tannins to the eucalyptus, wild berry, fresh herb and chocolate flavors. More brawn than refinement, with lingering cedary oak. Drink now through 2009. 1,498 cases made. – 2003 WineSpectator chocolate, eucalyptus, herb, oak, wild berry
WineEnthusiast - 89 Details: This is a subtle wine. Your first impression is of softness, dryness and pretty flavors of cherries and sweet fresh garden herbs. Then you return to find added levels of interest. This wine is best now, and will happily support most lamb dishes. 2003 WineEnthusiast cherries, herbs
WineSpectator - 84 Details: Eucalyptus, raspberry punch and wild berry flavors have good intensity and crisp structure. Drink now through 2005. 1,800 cases made. 2002 WineSpectator
WineSpectator - 89 Details: A brawny galoot of a red, with roasted herb, eucalyptus, black currant and plum tones. Loads of cedary oak and firm tannins carry through the concentrated finish. Drink now through 2008. 1,498 cases made. –JL 2001 WineSpectator black currant, eucalyptus, herb, oak, plum
WineSpectator - 87 Details: Distinct bay leaf and herbal aromas lead to more-pleasing flavors of ripe chocolate, raspberry and fresh herbs. Nice concentration. Drink now through 2006. 1,311 cases made. –JL 2000 WineSpectator chocolate, fresh herbs, herbal, raspberry
WineSpectator - 90 Details: Distinctive and remarkably harmonious with its high-profile, intense flavors. Loads of eucalyptus, bay leaf, roasted herb, spice, blackberry and blueberry flavors keep flying through the finish, along with plenty of chewy tannins. Drink now through 2008. 1,291 cases made. –JL 1999 WineSpectator blackberry, blueberry, eucalyptus, herb, spice
WineSpectator - 88 Details: Chunky, with pronounced mint, chocolate, roasted herb and plum flavors. Firm, with focused tannins and acidity. Drink now through 2004. 3,099 cases made. –JL 1998 WineSpectator chocolate, herb, mint, plum
Tanzer - 86 Details: Bright red-ruby. Blueberry, pepper, leather, orange peel and oak on the roasted nose. Rather oaky flavors of red berries and exotic spices. The slightly hot finish seems dried by the wine oak element. 1998 Tanzer
Tanzer - 90 Details: Saturated ruby-red. Bright, spicy aromas of blackberry, cardamom, turmeric and black pepper. Very concentrated, bright and focused; spicy blackberry flavor fills the mouth. Finishes long and firm, with even tannins. 1997 Tanzer black pepper, blackberry, spicy
WineEnthusiast - 91 Details: Very rich chocolate, plum and allspice aromas, like a pudding. Classy. From low-yielding old vines, and it shows in the intensity and density. Deft winemaking keeps it from being ponderous. Really alive and fresh; try with braised lamb shank and wild mushrooms. 1997 WineEnthusiast
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Food Pairings

Category Pairing
Cheese Soft Pungent Cheese
Pasta & Grains Lasagna
Sauces Red Wine Sauce

Wine Terms

Name Value
Mourvédre (moo-ved-reh) The wine produced from the Mourvedre (or, when grown in the New World, Mataro) grape is typically high in alcohol, tannins, and has a somewhat gamey flavor when young. The wine is very capable of ageing.
United States Wineries exist in all fifty states, but the most predominant (and best) wine comes from Northern California, Oregon, and Washington State, with New York gaining a foothold in the industry. American wines make up about 75% of all wine sales in the US. The appellation system uses the term AVA (American Viticultural Area) to determine where wines were produced, but grape varieties can be planted anywhere in the country. American wineries generally use varietal labeling, and government regulations require that the variety on the label must make up at least 75% of the blend (in Oregon it’s 90%). The words reserve, special selection, private reserve, classic, and so on have no legal definition in the US. Some wineries use these terms to indicate their better wines; others use the words as a marketing tool to move lower quality wines off the shelf.
California California produces the majority of wine made in the United States. Chardonnay, Cabernet Sauvignon, Merlot, Sauvignon Blanc, Zinfandel and Pinot Noir dominate the wine production in California, but many other varietials thrive in the California climate. Many fine wines are produced in California using Mediterranean grapes.

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