I thought is was kinda ironic that just a few hours after hearing this news, I spotted a wine bottle in one of my favorite shops, with a pink ribbon on the label. With that mornings conversation still fresh in the mind, I was not going to pass up buying that wine and researching the winery. Here's what I learned.
The winery is Cline Cellars.
One of the first wineries on the road to wine country, Cline Cellars is located 45 minutes north of San Francisco in Sonoma-Carneros. This historic property was once the site of a Miwok Village and the first camp of the Sonoma Mission. The tasting room is located in an 1850s farmhouse and the wine is the Cline Cellars Cashmere 2008.
Cline Cellars is a proud sponsor Breast Cancer’s Network of Strength’s "Ride to Empower."
Now most of my readers know I have another blog..My Pro Cycling Blog. I have for many years, even before Lance, followed pro cycling. I also like to bike a little on my Trek road bike. Not what I used to and nowhere near being a true cycling enthusiast. Because of that, Cline Cellars involvement with Ride to Empower has sparked my interest.
On October 24th nine Team Cline members and 70 others participated in Breast Cancer Network of Strength's Ride to Empower in Red Rock Canyon, Nevada. Cyclists rode 37, 64 or 100 miles.With the support of friends, family and colleagues, they raised more than $23,000. Cline Cellars is a national sponsor of the event and contributes $25,000 from the proceeds of 2008 Cashmere sales.
Cashmere is a silky and wonderful blend of Mourvèdre, Grenache, and Syrah.
We initially created this blend as an auction lot for the Hospice du Rhone held in Paso Robles each year. Cashmere is a very flavorful, smooth wine offering big cherry, raspberry and chocolate notes with hints of cracked black pepper and plum.
I drank a glass last night at what was a ideal serving temperature for most reds. The wine reminded me some what of Beaujolais. There was a lot of cherry and strawberry with some hints of sugar plum. Since I like my Beaujolais a bit chilled I put the rest of the wine in the cooler and chilled it a little for tonight and that made a world of difference. The cherry aromas came out and with the chocolate notes added this was more aromatic.
In the mouth, Cashmere is light and velvety with lots of berry and plum. The finish was a little sweet and little short, but over all was a great value at $15.
Definitly not Beaujolais, but fruit forward with much higher alcohol. I did pair with some Brie and crackers, which was OK. I'd like to try with a pork tenderloin or even a thick hamburger, but just sipping was great.
Wine type: Red Wine
Acid: .67 g/100ml
Bottling Date: August 2009