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Cline Viognier

2009 "Tired of Chardonnay? Try these other white wines", by Peg Melnik, PressDemocrat.com, May 18, 2010 "Go on a wild excursion. Sip wines off the beaten path. Stray from chardonnay. Yes, be bold and audacious....For many, viognier, which hails from northern Rhone, is the most stunning." "Exceptional, 4 stars", BevX.com, June 23, 2010 "Bright straw color. The nose reveals a crisp and vibrant Viognier that delivers classic aromatics like apricot, pear, and peach with accents of spring flowers and orchard fruits. The palate echoes the nose with waves of ripe fruit with a good dose of balancing acidity and hints of mineral. A very charming bargain wine. A Best Buy." Silver, 2010 Los Angeles International Wine & Spirits Awards 87 pts, Bronze, 2010 California State Fair Wine Competition 2008 86 pts, "Fifty Super Domestic Wine Values", Wine Advocate, Reviewed by Robert Parker, #184, August 2009 "This excellent value winery has turned out a straightforward, honeyed apricot-scented, fresh, light to medium-bodied 2008 Viognier that is meant to be consumed over the next six months." "Flower Power", by Marnie Old, Last Call, Wine and Spirits Quarterly, Spring/Summer 2010 "Treat your palate to fragrant floral whites...Full-textured California viognier is most at home with rich foods and intense seasonings--think coconut curry or paella with saffron. Best Bets: Cline Viognier, $11.99." Silver, 2010 Tasters Guild International Wine Competition Silver, 2010 San Francisco Chronicle Wine Competition Bronze, 2010 Dallas Morning News Wine Competition Bronze, 2010 Cincinnati Wine Festival

2007

86pts, Wine Spectator, July 31, 2009 "Tasty peach, apricot and citrus peel notes are light-bodied and refreshing, yet still balanced with focus and concentration. Drink now."-MW

"California's Rhone Rangers flatter through imitation", by Blair Campbell, East Bay Express, April 1, 2009 "...the Rhone Rangers are a group of California winemakers focused on making and publicizing French-style wines-often blends-from the grape varietals that France's Rhone River Valley is famous for....(at the 11th annual Grand Tasting in San Francisco) the lone white under $13 being Cline Cellars' 2007 Viognier ($11). The Viognier held its own with a sweet, floral aroma and surprisingly dry mouthfeel.." "Kings Daughters meet Knights of the Wine Table", by Jennifer Larmie, Columbia Home & Lifestyle, March 30, 2009 "..I invited members of my (group) to what I hoped would be a fun and educational spring "New Release" white wine tasting...All the wines we were about to taste retail for less than $15 and can be found at local retailers in Columbia...Cline Viognier- lovely with ripe peaches, orange blossoms and honey. Its refined characters would make it a great match with some light cheeses and fruity salsas." "Enjoy white wines with attention-grabbing aromas", by Dave DeSimone, Pittsburgh Tribune-Review, January 6, 2009 "...winemaker Fred Cline planted his viognier vines in Sonoma County in 1990. Preserving viognier's proper balance between lush fruitiness and crisp freshness requires harvesting at just the right moment. Overly ripe versions deliver excessive alcohol and clumsy flavors...Cline deftly avoids these pitfalls...Highly recommended." Double Gold, 2008 International Eastern Wine Competition Gold, 2009 San Francisco Chronicle Wine Competition Silver, 2008 Colorado State Fair Wine Competition Silver, 2008 Long Beach Grand Cru Silver, 2008 California State Fair Wine Competition Silver, 2008 Orange County Fair Wine Competition Silver, 2008 El Dorado County Fair Silver, 2008 Indy International Wine Competition Silver, 2008 Tasters Guild International Wine Competition Bronze, 2009 Los Angeles International Wine Competition Bronze, 2008 San Diego International Wine Competition Bronze, 2008 U.S. Professional Wine Buyers Competition Bronze, 2008 India Wine Challenge

2006 "Very Good- Best Value", The Wall Street Journal, June 8, 2007 Match Game, Everyday with Rachel Ray, pg. 172, September 2007 "Recommended", 84 pts, 2007 Beverage Testing Institute Double Gold, 2007 Tasters Guild International Wine Competition Gold, 2008 Houston International Wine Competition Silver, 2007 Pacific Rim International Wine Competition Bronze, 2008 National Women's Wine Competition 2005 86 pts, Wine Spectator, March 2007 "Bursts with fragrant aromas of honeysuckle and apricot leading to succulent peach, spice and cream flavors. Finishes with a lively blend of crisp acidity and toasty oak. Drink now. " Silver, 2006 Finger Lakes Wine Competition Silver, 2006 Tasters Guild International Wine Competition 2003 Gold, Best of Class, 2005 Jerry D. Mead's New World International Wine Competition Silver, 2005 Florida State Fair International Wine Competition 1/2, Press Democrat, March 30, 2005 89pts, Wine Access, April 2005 2002 86 pts, Best Value Whites, Wine Spectator, May 15, 2005 Spectator Selections: Best Value, 86 pts, Wine Spectator, November 30, 2004 2001 88 pts, Wine & Spirits, October 2002 86 pts, Wine Spectator, December 15, 2002 84 pts, Wine Enthusiast, May 2003 16 pts (of 20), "A delicious show-stopper", Vancouver Sun, December 19, 2003 Silver, 2002 The Press Democrat¹s North of the Gate Wine Competition Silver, 2002 Sonoma County Harvest Fair Wine Competition 2000 Gold, 2001 Sonoma County Harvest Fair Wine Competition Silver, 2002 The Dallas Morning News Wine Competition, 1999 87 pts, Wine Spectator, February 28, 2001 "Best in class", by Frank Sutherland, Wine in Nashville, April 2, 2001 1998 89 pts, Wine Enthusiast, June 1999

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