One of the most widely planted red grapes in France, it is also a common varietal in Italy, Spain, Algeria and Israel, and was once very common in the New World. Cline Cellars is one of a few wineries to vinify this varietal on its own. Dark ruby in color, Ancient Vines Carignane offers aromas of spice and plums.
100-year-old vineyards in Oakley grow in deep, sandy soil along the delta of the San Joaquin and Sacramento Rivers, which cool the grapes and allow them to hold their bright acidity.
Individual lots were harvested separately, very gently crushed, fermented at an optimum 85 degrees F, pressed and laid down to 35% new French oak for eight months.