Cline Family Cellars, a certified sustainable family-owned and operated winery and vineyard holder based in the Carneros wine appellation of Sonoma County, CA, has introduced their Cline Family Cellars Sonoma AVA Series, a collection of four varietal wines.
In 1991, Fred and Nancy Cline moved Cline Family Cellars from Oakley to a 350-acre horse ranch in Sonoma-Carneros. They began planting chardonnay, pinot noir and other noble Rhône-style varietals that suited the growing conditions of the area. Now, as the next generation assumes leadership positions within the winery, they are committed to promoting Sonoma County with the introduction of this new tier of wines that showcase local viticultural areas that excel in producing expressions of a signature varietal, the company says.
The varietal wines include:
Hat Strap Chardonnay, Carneros (Suggested retail price: $25 per 750-ml. bottle).
Hat Strap Chardonnay is sourced from the Cline family’s J. Poppe vineyard, the oldest Sonoma vineyard on the winery’s estate.
Fog Swept Pinot Noir, Sonoma Coast (SRP: $30)
In 1995, the Clines purchased two Petaluma vineyards — Catapult and Diamond Pile Ranches, located in the Sonoma Coast AVA — to grow pinot noir and other varietals.
Eight Spur Zinfandel, Dry Creek Valley (SRP: $25)
Dry Creek Valley is one of the oldest growing areas in California, the company says. By the late 1880s, the region had more than eight hundred acres of vineyards, the majority planted to zinfandel.
Rock Carved Cabernet Sauvignon, Alexander Valley (SRP: $30)
Grapes for Rock Carved cabernet sauvignon are harvested from two vineyards: one planted on the Russian River’s edge in the middle of the valley floor, in well-drained alluvial gravel soils, and the other planted in the southernmost part of the valley on the benchlands overlooking Alexander Valley in richer yet rockier soil.
Cline Family Cellars Sonoma AVA Series wines — including Hat Strap Chardonnay, Fog Swept Pinot Noir, Eight Spur Zinfandel and Rock Carved Cabernet Sauvignon — are distributed nationally.