2019 Cline Cellars Pinot Noir Fog Swept
2019 Cline Cellars Pinot Noir Fog Swept The 2019 Cline Pinot Noir has sumptuous flavors of raspberry, lilacs, and dark chocolate, with subtle hints of vanilla and toasted oak. This wine makes an ideal companion to foods like lamb, braised meats, or duck.
The Clines know Sonoma County well enough to produce one of the region’s most outstanding Pinot Noirs under $20. Following aromas of nutmeg and plum, the entry of sassafras and earth on the palate is just the beginning of the wine’s expressive journey. After fermenting and settling in stainless steel, the wine is racked and aged for seven months in 40% new French oak with an addition of some American and Eastern European oak. Dark cherry, brush, and cinnamon enter midway on a deluxe mouthfeel and are accompanied by mocha and ginger on the finish.
Home to a diverse array of smaller AVAs with varied microclimates and soil types, Sonoma County has something for every wine lover. Physically twice as large as Napa Valley, the region only produces about half the amount of wine but boasts both tremendous quality and variety. With its laid-back atmosphere and down-to-earth attitude, the wineries of Sonoma are appreciated by wine tourists for their friendliness and approachability. The entire county intends to become a 100% sustainable winegrowing region by 2019.
Grape varieties are carefully selected to reflect the best attributes of their sites—Dry Creek Valley’s consistent sunshine is ideal for Zinfandel, while the warm Alexander Valley is responsible for rich, voluptuous Cabernet Sauvignon. Chardonnay and Pinot Noir are important throughout the county, most notably in the cooler AVAs of Russian River, Sonoma Coast and Carneros. Sauvignon Blanc, Merlot and Syrah have also found a firm footing here.