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Cline Cellars came into existence in 1982 after Fred Cline received an inheritance from his grandfather.  At the time, Fred founded Cline Cellars near Oakley, CA.  Using the knowledge he obtained in getting his Agriculture Management degree from U. C. Davis, Fred worked on preserving and restoring many ancient vine sites.

 

Several years later, in 1991, Fred and his wife Nancy relocated the winery to the Carneros region of Sonoma County.  At the time, most of the cool climate Carneros region was planted to Chardonnay, Pinot Noir, and Merlot.  Fred pioneered the movement in the region to Rhône varietals such as Syrah, Viognier, Marsanne and Roussane.

 

Over the years Cline Cellars has produced many well priced and noteworthy wines.  These wines have earned recognition and good scores from Robert Parker’s Wine Advocate, Wine Spectator, and the usual gang of wine publications.  Most importantly, the wines have been well received by the public who loves the distinctive wines and the wallet friendly prices.

 

Jacuzzi Family Vineyards was founded to make reserve styled wines that pay tribute to the winemaking heritage of the family.  Where Cline Cellars produces mainly wines based on the Rhône varietals and innovative blends, Jacuzzi leans more toward Italian varietals and a few other straight varietal wines.

 

For more information, wine club info, or to order their wine’s visit Cline’s website or Jacuzzi’s website.

 

 

I was given the opportunity to sample four wines from Cline Cellars and Jacuzzi Family Vineyards.  The wineries produce a vast array of wines with something for just about everyone.

 

 

My lineup included the following wines:

2010 Jacuzzi Family Vineyard Chardonnay Giuseppina

2010 Jacuzzi Family Vineyard Sagrantino Tracy Hills

2011 Cline Cellars Cashmere

2010 Cline Cellars Syrah Los Carneros

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2010 Jacuzzi Family Vineyard Chardonnay Giuseppina – SRP $24.00

 

My comments

This 100% Chardonnay is made with grapes from the winery’s Sonoma Coast Vineyard.  This vineyard is cooled with the breeze off the Pacific Ocean and is covered with fog on many mornings.  These conditions allow for slower ripening providing extra “hang time” so the grapes can reach their full flavor potential.

 

After tank fermentation, the wine is barrel aged for five months.  The final alcohol is 12.5%.

 

My Tasting Note

The wine is a bright yellow to golden color.  The fresh and fruity nose has green apples, pears, vanilla, toast, minerals, and a touch of lemon and orange zest.  This has a medium body, decent acidity, and just enough sweetness to add a bit of richness.  The palate has crisp apples and pears up front with a touch of spicy oak and vanilla, some flinty minerality comes in on the back end.  The finish has nice length and closes with just a touch of mouthwatering acidity.  This has enough richness to drink on its own, but it also has enough acidity to stand up to a rich cream sauce, cheese, or seafood.  (88 pts)

2010 Jacuzzi Family Vineyard Chardonnay Giuseppina 2

 

 

 

2010 Jacuzzi Family Vineyard Sagrantino Tracy Hills – SRP $30.00

 

My comments

This is new grape for most people.  The Sagrantino grape is native to Italy but there are only about 250 acres of vineyards in that country.  The grapes for this wine is from one of the very few vineyards in this country where they are grown, in San Joaquin County’s Tracy Hills Vineyard.

 

After tank fermentation, 30% of the wine is moved into new French oak barrels with the remaining 70% moved into neutral barrels for 10 months of aging.  The final alcohol in the wine is 13.5%.

 

My Tasting Note

The wine is a fairly deep ruby red color.  The relaxing and homey nose has warm blackberry pie, white pepper, tobacco, dried herbs, crushed stone minerals, and some wild flowers.  This has a medium to full body with fairly solid ripe tannins and decent acidity.  On the palate the wine again resembles warm blackberry pie with just enough savory notes to add depth and balance out the up front fruit.  The finish has nice length with the jammy berries, baking spices, and minerals lingering seemingly forever.  There is just enough acidity to keep the wine from getting too plodding.   (89 pts)

2010 Jacuzzi Family Vineyard Sagrantino Tracy Hills 2

 

 

 

2011 Cline Cellars Cashmere – SRP $21.00

 

My comments

Cashmere is a blend of approximately 28% Mourvèdre, 25% Syrah, 23% Grenache, and 22% Petite Sirah, with  most of the grapes coming from Contra Costa County.

 

After tank fermentation, the wine was aged 8 months in oak barrels, 25% of which was new French oak.  The final alcohol level is 13.5%.

 

Over the years Cline has donated almost a quarter million dollars to breast cancer foundations with proceeds coming from the sell of Cashmere wine.

 

My Tasting Note

The wine is a ruby red color.  The rich and inviting nose has plums, earthy underbrush, baking spices, black pepper, dried herbs, blackberries, a touch of cherry and a floral note.  This has medium body, soft ripe tannins, and decent acidity.  This is rich and plush on the palate with the plums and berries taking center stage and allowing spices, herbs, and a touch of earthiness to join in from the sidelines.  The finish has nice length with plush fruit and spice stealing the show.  (87 pts)

2011 Cline Cellars Cashmere 2

 

 

 

2010 Cline Cellars Syrah Los Carneros – SRP $30.00

 

My comments

The grapes for this wine come from Cline’s 18 acre hillside estate vineyard in Sonoma’s Carneros region.

 

After tank fermentation, the wine was aged 12 months in 30% new French oak barrels.  The final alcohol level in the wine is 14.5%.

 

My Tasting Note

The wine is a medium violet color.  The slightly reserved nose has plums, black cherries, warm baking spices, smoke, dark bittersweet chocolate, and a touch of forest floor.  This has medium to full body, fairly solid tannins, and very good acidity.  On the palate ripe plums and spice are featured up front with some dark chocolate, cherries, and earthy elements coming in on the back end.  The finish is fairly long with tart cherries and spice lingering.  This was much better on the second day so I’d recommend plenty of air if opened in the next year.  (90 pts)

2010 Cline Cellars Syrah Los Carneros 2

 

 

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Notes – I use the “official” Cellar Tracker name for the wines.  I use Cellar Tracker to help manage and organize my cellar.  I highly recommend checking it out at www.cellartracker.com.  Loading you existing cellar is a lot less intimidating than it would first appear.  There is a good chance 99% of your wine is already in the system, so you generally only need to enter part of the wine’s name and the system will find it for you.

 

 

Prices noted are the prices I paid at the time of purchase.  I don’t shop around to find the best prices, but my local store is usually VERY competitive.  I generally get case discounts, and since I work there part time, I get a 5% discount.  Wines purchased direct from a winery do not include any shipping charges.  None of the prices include the sales tax.

 

 

All wines that were sent to me free of charge to sample will be noted and I will show suggested prices when available.

 

 

 

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