When I hear the word “cashmere” I immediately think of J. Crew cashmere tops, Eric Bompard V neck jumpers and my pashminas. I love cashmere – mostly thanks to my BFF Ana who introduced me to it some time ago. I totally adore its oh-so-soft texture and luxurious feel on my skin.
But this post is not going to be about knitwear. Clothing is Ana’s domain and mine is wine.
This “Cashmere” comes from Cline Cellars in California. They named the wine “Cashmere” because of its soft and silky texture. Its maker says: ‘Cashmere is one of the most precious gifts of nature. It evokes quality, luxuriousness, and something that is a labor of love to produce.’ And their wine surely is that. It’s intense but also surprisingly light, well balanced and very elegant. It coats your mouth with flavor and gently heats you like a soft cashmere jumper. Every sip has a luxurious feel of something well made, and that required lot of work and attention.
Cline Cashmere is an elegant blend, Rhone in style, created from four grape varieties -Mourvèdre, Syrah, Grenache and Petite Syrah. The result is a very complex red, with plenty of cherry and red berry flavours, a touch of chocolate, vanilla and violets on a rather medium-bodied palate. This wine shows off the talent in the winemaking and the meticulous attention to detail that has gone into it. It’s not easy to achieve such a harmony of strength and density of aromas with such a lightness of touch.
You can enjoy it on its own or with meat dishes. Salmon or Spanish paella would go well, too. Great stuff to make you feel special and wrapped in soft warmth.