This trip to
Our host was Larry Holman, VP of marketing and sales.(Pictured, left, between ABC Exec. VP Jess Bailes and COO Andy Abernathy)
This is beautiful property with a view of the Mayacamas mountain range (separates south
Cline has three different vineyard properties in
We started our visit with a tasting of Cline viognier..... They produce 25000 cases a year. $10 range. They used to barrel ferment this wine, but for the past three years they’ve been fermenting in stainless steel for a clean, crisp style. BOLO for this—it may be available at ABC soon.
We saw full veraison (the ripening of the grapes)—this is early September, so weeks later than usual ....some farmers in the valley are just starting to harvest.
Only hand picked fruit goes in Cline wines, although some fruit is picked mechanically if they sell it to others (such as LaCrema).
They own and run a quirky vegetable farm and school called "Greenstring." It is a very rustic school where they give hands-on teaching in farming. The students don’t get paid but get room and board and the program runs three months at a time. They grow vegetables on the farm and sell them at their own farmers’ market at the 900 acre "lazy p vineyard"....which will be the site of their new winery (currently in permitting)
They also have 65 acres of olive trees at the "lazy c vineyard," which is planted in Chardonnay, Merlot and Pinot Noir.
Just across the street from the Cline main winery and tasting room they also own the brand new (three years old) Jacuzzi winery, which specializes in Italian grape varieties. Jacuzzi currently is only available in a few
We tasted several wines including Zins from 130 year vines and mourvedre called “small berry mourvedre" from 150 year old vines.
--Andy Abernathy, COO