Wine of the Week – Cline Mourvédre Rosé 2012

Since 1982, Cline’s century-old vines in Contra Costa County, CA have been producing Mourvédre grapes. Cool winds from the San Joaquin and Sacramento Rivers help the grapes maintain a bright acidity. The resulting rosé in 2012 won 88 points from Wine Spectator this year.
The wine is made as a Blanc de Noir, the “white of a red grape,” with skins removed prior to fermenting. Cline produces four wines from the grapes, which are rare in California – two rich red table wines, a dessert wine, and this distinctive rosé. Like the rosés of Spain, France, Portugal and Italy, it is crisp and offers hints of cherry and plum and pairs well with spicy dishes, salmon, and chicken Provencal.
The suggested retail price is $14 and the wine is 13 percent alcohol by volume. It’s not your typical rosé and offers a distinctive addition to any list. Visit http://www.clinecellars.com.

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