SONOMA, CA, April 1, 2016 – Cline Family Cellars announced today the launch of Cashmere Black Magic, the latest extension of their successful Cashmere brand. An opulent dark red blend of Mourvedre, Petite Sirah, Syrah, Alicante Bouschet and Grenache, the inaugural 2014 vintage was created to satisfy loyal Cashmere red wine drinkers as well as those new to the growing Dark Red Blend category.
As affirmed by Nielsen, red blends are now the second largest wine type after Chardonnay and continue to drive dollar volume growth. In 2015, sales of Red Blend table wines rose over 10.9% and were valued at over $1.4 billion U.S. Meanwhile the number of cases sold increased to over 16.3MM, reflecting a volume growth of 6.7% versus the previous year.*
The availability of phenomenal fruit sources, combined with the artistry of Cashmere winemaker Charlie Tsegeletos, made for perfect timing to launch Cashmere Black Magic. “The idea for this wine came out of my love of blending,” notes Mr. Tsegeletos. “We had excellent fruit to start with, so I knew it was going to be great even before I put it together.”
A layered, inky dark red wine with loads of luscious dark berry fruit and a rich, generous mouth-feel, the grapes that comprise Cashmere Black Magic hail from Contra Costa, Sonoma Coast, Mendocino Coast and Lake County, with over 16% of the grapes estate grown. The resulting wine was aged in 35% new French oak up to 12 months and given full malolactic fermentation.
“With the inaugural 2014 vintage we set out to build upon the fine, balanced flavors of our exquisite Cashmere Red blend and create a wine that was dark, rich and satisfying,” exclaimed Mr. Tsegeletos. “The addition of peppery Petite Sirah and little-known Alicante Bouschet from our Contra Costa vineyards takes this wine to the next level of smoothness and intensity. And with a wine as big, dark and flavorful as Cashmere Black Magic you need a big flavorful meal to go with it.”
The Cashmere Red and Black Magic red wine blends, along with the Cashmere White blend, can be found nationwide and are also sold online at cashmeremoment.com. More information about the wines and tech sheets can also be found at the Cashmere web site.
Cashmere is the wholly owned and operated wine brand of Cline Family Cellars. Established in 1982, this Sonoma, California based winery produces awarding-winning Rhône-style wines and Zinfandels, as well as classic Sonoma County varietals including Pinot Noir, Chardonnay and Merlot. The primary grape source for the wines are estate vineyards owned by Fred and Nancy Cline. With diverse viticulture holdings in areas such as Carneros-Sonoma, Sonoma Coast and Oakley-Contra Costa County, the varietals that make Cashmere are planted in prime locations and vinted by a winemaking team with years of experience and an unerring instinct to the art of crushing, blending and aging wine. The results are wines of great depth, power and intensity of flavor. Visit www.cashmeremoment.com to learn more.
* Wine Business Monthly, February 2016, Retail Sales Analysis Red Blend Sales Continue Upward Climb
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