Cline Cellars has trodden Rhône-origin grapes for decades. Having resisted digging up 100 year-old vines for "fancier" Cabernet or Merlot plantings, people look to Cline for these marvelous wines at incredibly fair price points. A great introduction is their Mourvèdre Rosé from Contra Costa County, 40 miles inland from San Francisco. Its freshness needs to be experienced.
2011 Mourvèdre Rosé, Cline Cellars, Contra Costa County $12 srp
Pale Coho salmon color. A low-key nose of dew-kissed roses, raspberry and watermelon with a cleanliness that invigorates and uplifts without shouting. Flavors are pure, with raspberry and soft citrus sensations. Neither harshness, earth or weight interfere; it's so fresh, balanced and easy to love. A touch of residual sugar makes it sip well alone or accompanied by vegetable medlies, cod or poultry salads. Drink now.
89/100 points Best Buy