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.
Our Ancient Vines Carignane draws from four separate vineyards located in the northwest area. These vines all share sandy soil and a cooling effect from the proximity to the San Joaquin River. The newest vineyard dates to 1940, while the oldest vineyards date back to the early 1900s.
Lots were harvested separately according to ripeness and balance of acidity. Grapes underwent near total destemming and a very gentle crushing to ensure a large proportion of whole berries in the must — contributing to the explosive fruit character of the wine. The grapes, juice, skins, and seeds (called “must”) along with some added yeasts were fermented in temperature controlled stainless steel tanks at the optimum temperature to extract rich flavors and provide excellent color. Wines were pressed off their skins at dryness and racked gently before being laid down on medium toasted French oak for 14 months.