Carignane holds the distinction of being one of the most widely planted red grapes in France. It is also grown abundantly in Italy, Spain, Algeria and Israel and was once the most planted varietalin the new world. It has traditionally been used as a blending grape because of its favorable yields,excellent acidity and big tannins. Cline Cellars is one of a few wineries to vinify this varietal. Darkruby in color, the 2013 Ancient Vines Carignane offers aromas of spice and plums.
Cline Ancient Vines Carignane Pairs well with grilled meats, pasta dishes, even pizza with goat cheese.
Fred Cline founded Cline Cellars in 1982, in Oakley, California. In 1991, the winery facilities relocated to the Sonoma Valley on a 350 acre estate in the Carneros District. The Cline Brothers, Fred and Matt, are Zinfandel and Rhone varietal specialists. Their holdings include some of the oldest and rarest vines in California. They are best known for the one hundred year old plantings of Carignane, Mourvedre and Zinfandel grapes they farm in Oakley, California. The Mourvedre represent approximately 85% of the state’s total supply of this fascinating and versatile varietal. This treasure is the inspiration for Cline Cellars many “Rhone style” bottlings.