Cline Viognier California 2015
Distinct aromas of pear, apricot, orange blossom and honeysuckle with a fresh, bright demeanor.
These grapes were grown in two of our vineyards, both in the Sonoma Coast appellation, which has a world renowned reputation for producing excellent fruit. The soil is mineral-rich and needs very little irrigation. The vines are bathed in early morning fog and warmed by afternoon sun. Viognier grapes are late to ripen and picking them at the right time is crucial to the grape quality.
16/20 score from Vinum Wine Magazine
87 points Wine Spectator
89 points Wine Enthusiast
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. Over the years, Fred’s innovation has consistently resulted in some of northern California’s most distinctive Rhône-style wines and intense, flavorful Zinfandels, many with 90+ point ratings from Wine Spectator.
88 / 100 Cellarmaster Value Rating