Cline Cellars Ancient Vines Mourvèdre 2017
A blockbuster of a wine not for the faint hearted, full of dark plum and chocolate flavours.
Flavours of dark plum and chocolate lead to a hint of oak and a smooth finish. A blockbuster of a wine, not for the faint hearted. This ancient vines mourvedre was aged for 8 months in 30% new American oak. It ages very well, but is ready to enjoy right now.
Fruit from bush vines up to 120 years old go into this butch, earthy Mourvèdre. Dark red fruits and dark chocolate are the key notes on the nose and palate, with a minty flourish on the finish.
90 points. Drinking Window 2020 - 2029. Tasted by Chris Wilson, Decanter (London, 12 Mar 2020)
Cline Cellars is a family-owned vineyard and winery with 460 hectares under vine in Contra Costa County and Sonoma County, California. Established in 1982 by Fred Cline, a descendant of Italian US settlers, he originally founded the winery in Oakley, Contra Costa County, cultivating Rhône varieties and Zinfandel on vines dating back to 1906. In the 1990s, the family moved their winemaking operation to a 350 acre ranch in Carneros Valley, adopting sustainable farming in 2000, and building the largest solar panelled winery in California. Whilst others in California were focusing on Cabernet Sauvignon and Chardonnay in the ‘80s, Fred Cline saw the potential of Rhône varieties and Zinfandel in his vineyards.