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2005 Cline Cellars Carignane Ancient Vines – USA, California, San Francisco Bay, Contra Costa County

By Patrick
  • 2005 Cline Cellars Carignane Ancient Vines – USA, California, San Francisco Bay, Contra Costa County (9/7/2010)
    The nose had a smoky and forest floor smell to it with a little dark fruit to it- This was an interesting wine in that it had several layers of flavors that sort of jumped out at you from a bit of a mushroom water that you get from soaking dried mushrooms to a burst of overripe plumb covered in baking spices and smoked- there was a finish of a bit of tar along with some pine needle and the oak was present but took a back seat-

    2 out of 3 of us enjoyed this wine- I 100% can see where this wine would not be for everyone and I would love to have this against 2 or 3 other California Carignanes just to see what other profiles for this grape made in CA would be. (89 pts.)

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