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Matt Cline’s brilliant Zinfandels gained
his family’s Cline Cellars fame; today he’s
focused on his own boutique label, Three.
What You Need To Know
Although he makes the oddball
Albariño or late-harvest Riesling, Matt Cline is chiefly obsessed
with red wines. Specifically, lush, spicy and deeply fruity reds
from grapes such as Zinfandel, Petite Sirah and Carignane, the
grape of this bottling. Fortunately, Cline knows California’s cache
of top vineyards for these grapes as well as (or better) than
anyone, having logged thousands of miles each year to seek out
the best grapes for his family’s Cline Cellars. Today he puts that
knowledge to use for Three, the label he and wife Erin founded in
2007. Cline sourced this Carignane from the century-old Lucchesi
vineyard 60 miles east of San Francisco.
with an anise note.
Mouth-filling, with firm berry
and spice flavors.
Cellar temperature—the bottle should be
cool to the touch.
Lamb, pork or beef, especially
with herbs or vegetables.