Intensely aromatic on the nose, with ripe plum, cherry jam, and blueberry fruit at the fore. Hints of nutmeg and pepper linger on the fringes, along with a touch of sweet vanilla.
Lively and energetic on the palate, with firm, fine-grained tannin and bright acidity. Pure fruit flavours lead into a long and concentrated finish, and the oak is beautifully balanced, allowing the exceptional fruit to be the star of the show.
Bright candied fruit notes and an underlying herbaceousness make this the perfect pairing to tacos, spicy pork dishes, and tartare.
Sweet, fruity and sensual, similar stone fruit aromas to a peach, but without the 'fuzziness.'
A whiff of a freshly used pepper grinder - spicy and fresh, without the itchy nose.
Eating handfuls of berries straight from the bush, your fingers stained purple for days to come.
Think of the holidays - a warm and woody spice found in your favourite baked goodies.
Fresh B.C. cherries out of the back of a truck, all eaten before you can get them home!
2022 - 2029
If you're a fan of California wines, you've likely come across Cline Cellars at some point - now celebrating their 40th vintage, they have a well-deserved reputation for producing some of Sonoma's best wines. A passion project of theirs has been discovering and nurturing some of California's oldest vineyards to preserve the state's viticultural heritage, and these exceptional plots are bottled under their Ancient Vines label. The fruit for their Ancient Vines Carignane come from dry-farmed vineyards in Contra Costa County, ranging in age from 40 to over 100 years old. Poor, sandy soils, hot weather, and exceptional vine age combine to create wines with remarkable depth and intensity. When we first tasted this Carignane, we knew we needed to share it with WineCollective members, so we scooped up the entirety of the first ever shipment to arrive in Canada. Enjoy this rare bottle over the next 5-7 years, and serve at about 16 C.
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