Cline: 2015 Cashmere Black Magic


As big fans of Cline Cellars, the 2015 Cashmere Black Magic was exciting to try and did not disappoint.

This is a beautiful deep dark wine with lots of dark fruit–mostly beery and plum.  The majority of grapes come from Contra Costa County with the Syrah from the North Coast and the Petite Sirah comes from the San Joaquin Valley. This blend includes Petite Sirah, Mourvedre: Syrah, Grenache… with 15% alcohol.

The nose was a bit light, not a lot of aromas came through with just a hint of plum and chocolate. On the tongue, this is a very pleasant wine with lots of berry-plum combination with chocolate and finishing with a medium-long spicy flavor. It was quite pleasing on the finish.

Overall, the Cashmere Black Magic is a pretty straight forward wine with not a lot of complexity to it, which sometimes simple is better and this wine is proof of that theory.

On day two, the wine became a bit more chewy and the flavors opened up and became more pronounced. A lot more chocolate and plum which provided a whole new experience. It was almost more fun on day two to drink.

From the Vineyard:

The primary source of the grapes for Cashmere Black Magic are vineyards in Contra Costa County. It’s warm and sunny climate, coupled with deep sandy soil and limited water, creates grapes of great flavor intensity and dark color. The addition of Syrah from the North Coast of California provides a bright boysenberry character and excellent tannin.

You may purchase this wine for $21.95 directly from Cline or you may purchase it for $14.99 at Trader Joe’s.

At $14.99, this is a fantastic price and worthy of a case buy to have for most occasions or just something to have mid-week. Most importantly, it’s a wine others will likely enjoy with you.

Our Rating:


Editors Note – this was a tough call, it nearly was a 4-bottle score. So highly encourage you to try it.

About Cline Cellars

While the rest of the world was in upheaval during the tumultuous days of the early 1970s, family and tradition were very much alive on a bucolic farm in Oakley, California, as Valeriano Jacuzzi – one of the original Italian immigrant brothers of spa fame – showed his grandson Fred Cline how to tease magic from the soil. Fred learned, among other things, how to turn grapes into wine ripe with character and intensity, with full and abundant heart.

Nancy Bunting, herself the product of pioneer family roots, met Fred when they were both students at UC Davis. They married and began a humble winery in Oakley with Fred’s small inheritance. Ignoring the hyped-up wine trends of the day, Fred and Nancy chose to restore acres of 100-year-old vines and produce Rhone-style varietals like Mourvedre, Carignane, Marsanne, Roussanne and Viognier. They also planted acres of what would become legendary Cline Cellars Zinfandel.

In 1993, Fred and Nancy moved the winery to a 350-acre ranch in the famed Carneros Valley in Sonoma County. There the Clines planted Merlot, Chardonnay, Pinot Noir, and Syrah. They opened a tasting room in the 1853 farmhouse, and renovated the grounds to highlight the history and pastoral beauty of the property.

Today, the Clines own many acres of vineyards throughout Sonoma County, with other properties in Oakley and Tehama County. Passionate about the importance of history, they own and have restored the nearby Dillon Beach Resort, the Mizpah Hotel and Tonopah Brewing Company in Tonopah, NV, and the Villa Laura in Tuscany. They also operate Green String Farm, a 150-acre working farm that produces a variety of fruits and vegetables grown on soil that is tended and nurtured without toxic chemicals. The produce from Green String is used by such culinary luminaries as Alice Waters of Chez Panisse. Their oldest son Ramsey operates the Mizpah Club, a casino and entertainment complex in Tonopah.

Visit Cline: Open Daily 10AM to 6PM
24737 Arnold Drive
Sonoma, CA 95476
(707) 940-4044