Vacation trip to Lodi and Sonoma – Aug 2019 – Day 9

[vc_row][vc_column width=”1/3″ css=”.vc_custom_1567022208503{margin-top: 300px !important;}”][vc_empty_space height=”50px”][vc_column_text][/vc_column_text][vc_empty_space height=”1300px”][vc_column_text][/vc_column_text][vc_empty_space height=”700px”][vc_column_text][/vc_column_text][vc_empty_space height=”700px”][/vc_column][vc_column width=”2/3″][vc_column_text]Day 9 Sunday  . . . After taking a few days to enjoy the area around Windsor and to have a leisurely visit with our cousins in San Rafael, it was time to get back to wine country.  On this day’s venture we were joined by my wife’s cousin Kim.  She was quite familiar with a few of the locations and was looking forward to sharing a couple with us.  We returned to one that we, unfortunately, had to skip a few days prior. . .Cline Cellars.


Cline Cellars

We had visited Cline on our previous trip to Sonoma and it required a revisit.  Before our tasting, we were able to take their walking tour and learned much about the Cline’s and their contributions to not only wine history but also the history of what they were able to do to help the area. It’s worth perusing here.


2018 Cashmere White – Chardonnay, Pinot Gris, Viognier and Muscat Cannelli – Peach and floral aromas . . a slightly sweet stone fruit on the palate. . . .very smooth and refreshing.

2017 Nancy’s Cuvee – A sparkling wine named after the matriarch of the Cline family – Citrus on the nose, and very fine bubbles . . . . dry, tart and crisp . . .all things it should be.  A great sparkler.

2018 Farmhouse White –  light floral aromas and citrus palate.  ..nice integration.

2017 Pinot Gris – Very light, mild flavors and aromas, not complex.

2017 Ancient Vines Mourvedre Rose’ – Rose petals and strawberries on the nose. . . .flavors of pomegranate, cherry and plum . . Very nice**

2017 Cashmere Rose’ – I got peach and nectarine aromas . . .and the flavors played right along. . .nicely crisp and refreshing.

2018 Sonoma County Pinot Noir – The website suggests raspberries and lilacs . . .I didn’t get that. . .I got mushroom and forest floor. . . .I found tight acids, mild fruit flavors and mild tannins. . .unremarkable.

2018 Farmhouse Red –  Bright red fruit aromas . . . lusciously complimented on the palate with a very solid structure.  Taking some home.**

2018 Cashmere Red – A blend of Mourvedre, Syrah, & Grenache – Bright red fruit aromas . . .very solid mid palate structure and great fruit flavors with a finish that is slightly spicy.  **

2018 Los Carneros Syrah – Big and bold dark fruit and baking spice . . . heavy mid palate structure . . .dry and tannic rough finish . .not so silky, as the website suggests.

2016 Cashmere Black – Great aromas of dark cherry, coffee and vanilla . . .Silky smooth texture . . .Fruit flavors are luscious and bold.

2018 Gewurtztraminer – The nose is bright and cheery . . .flavors are subdued citrus, lime and grapefruit.

2015 Heritage Zinfandel – Bold nose of chocolate, berries and coffee . . .tight mid palate, firm structure . . .spice on the mid palate and some stout tannins. Big Boned.

2016 Late Harvest Mourvedre – Gorgeous nose . . . blackberry, plum and chocolate . . . satiny soft texture and luscious fruit finish.  Wow. . what a way to end our tour.

This was an adventure . . . from one end of the spectrum to the other.  Excellent customer service throughout our visit.  The wines were superb and Cline Cellars is one I would strongly recommend to you.

We next went across the road to Jacuzzi Vineyards.  We did visit here as well last time in Sonoma.


Jacuzzi Family Vineyards

NV Prosecco – Bright citrus aromas and flavors. . .fine bubbles , ,dry and refreshing.

2018 Rosato di Primitivo – Rose’ of Primitivo – Floral and watermelon aromas . .soft texture . .not much flavor carry over . . .finishes dry. . .Just OK.

2017 Sangiovese – Wow. . Nose is bursting with fruit . .soft texture . .good fruit flavors and silky mid palate. . . ends with a bang of tannins.

2014 Nebbiolo – Notes of cherry and dirt . . solid structure and smooth texture. . .heavy tannins.  Classic.

2016 Barbera – Slight vegetal and dirt aromas . . .mid palate is silky with great fruit and a great finish . . .The nose was deceiving.

2017 Sagrantino – Nose of spice, primarily cinnamon and clove . . .silky mid with flavors of dark plum . . .very dry finish . .mouth-sucking dry.

2017 Cabernet Sauvignon – Mild nose with a nice mid palate. . .Just OK.

2016 Montepulciano – Very lively nose . . .sort of sour cherry . .. great mid palate, also lively and flavorful . . .

2017 Teroldego – Bramble and dirt aromas . . .bold structure and flavors of plum and cherry . . .

2016 Moscato – Floral aromas with light citrus . . .Citrus and mint on the mid palate . . nice viscosity . . .round mouthfeel.

2017 Late Harvest Aleatico – Smells like a funky Twizzler . . . .sweet but kind of . . . different.


Our final stop of the day, after lunch at  Tips Roadside was  at . . .


St Anne’s Crossing

This was a gem . . .One of those places you never hear about, unless you are from there. . .This was Kim’s suggestion.  Very glad!!

2018 Sauvignon Blanc – Super bright citrus aromas of pineapple and grapefruit . . .creamy texture, excellent viscosity . . .loads of acid and very crisp, also very enticing.

2016 Shumahi Primitivo – Great plum and dark cherry aromas and flavors . . .silky mid palate . . .great texture with moderate acidity.

2016 Bacigalupi Russian River Valley AVA Zinfandel – Nice fresh dark fruit aromas . . .spicy yet smooth . . .nicely integrated tannins . .Absolutely great.

2016 Tripi Zinfandel – Mild nose but a heavy mid palate . . .a bit of spice . . .heavy tannins

2016 Old Vine Zinfandel – Mild nose . . .yet loads of fruit flavors and a silky soft mid palate . . finishes softly with black pepper spice.**

2016 Hammertown Zinfandel – Nice dark cherry and hints of dried fruit . . .fig and prune . . .finishes with pepper spice.

2015 Dry Creek Cabernet Sauvignon – Really nice cheerful fruit aromas . . .Flavors follow suit really well . . .Silky texture . . .Going home**

2015 Reserve Cabernet Sauvignon – Nice dark cherry and plum aromas. . . silky mid palate with dark cherry flavors. . .finishes quite dry.


One more day to go in this year’s adventure.  It’s coming to an end much too quickly.[/vc_column_text][/vc_column][vc_column][/vc_column][/vc_row][vc_row][vc_column][dt_fancy_title title=”Photo Gallery” title_align=”left” title_size=”h3″ title_color=”accent”][vc_media_grid element_width=”2″ grid_id=”vc_gid:1588110986455-e5385abc-6c7d-5″ include=”15738,15737,15736,15722,15719,15720,15721,15679,15680,15687,15690″ css=”.vc_custom_1568928161748{margin-top: 30px !important;}”][/vc_column][/vc_row]


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