Cline Cashmere (2011)
I’m calling this my book club red.
It’s smooth, easy to drink and has just the tiniest bite on the finish. There’s a little bit of a hint of blackberry and plum to it, and chocolate at the end.. yes, chocolate. It’d be perfect with a little appetizer platter and some good girl talk. It’d also stand up great to a good fall meal, like a pot roast or a salmon fillet. It’s a blend of a Syrah, Grenache and Mourvedre grapes. I feel like it’s one of those reds that would unite both the dry-palates and those who are a little more tentative of reds.
Cline makes one of my all-time favorite wines, the Cline Zinfandel, and we were fortunate enough to pay a visit to their vineyard and tasting room a few years ago when we went to Sonoma. (Sadly, despite my surname, I have no relation to the Cline wine making family. Too bad for me.) I’ve never been disappointed by a Cline wine and this Cashmere was no exception!
Wine Name: Cline Cashmere Red
Grape: Mourvedre, Grenache, Syrah
Price: $12.99 (Purchased at Century Wines in Pittsford, NY)
General impression: smooth, easy to drink, blackberry, plum, chocolate
Recommendations: a book club red, a red to share, a red for “newer” red drinkers, pair with salmon, pair with appetizers
Would you buy again? Probably – I think I’m still partial to the Cline Old Vine Zinfandel over this but I definitely liked it! (I think maybe we should return to the Cline vineyards for me to make an official decision… what do you say?)