Thursday, August 5, 2021

Cline Cellars Cashmere Black Magic (Alluring Dark Red Blend), 2015

This is a New World version of a Southern Rhone, albeit with Petite Sirah added to the typical blend of Grenache, Syrah and Mourvedre. The grapes, according to the producer, come from well situated old vines, but the wine is matured in new oak. Tasting it alongside the Famille Perrin Ventoux (below), I found no similarity whatsoever.

Inky black magic color. And alluring scents of coffee, chocolate, black currants and vanilla.  I also find some chalky Petite Sirah notes. Velvety texture and tannins that are accessible enough to carry on the Black Magic image. Very popular with two young guests who are not regular wine drinkers. I can see what they like, but I prefer the Perrin Ventoux.

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