Wine from Oakley Grapes


I recevied this info an email yesterday from local vineyard owner Frank Spinelli. The article is from the website WineAccess.com .The 5 acres written about are whats left of the 18 acres that have been farmed since 1955. Located along Main Street behind Raleys.

Dear Wine Lover,

When Matt Cline first stumbled upon those five acres of Spinelli Vineyard Mourvedre improbably growing on a beachhead of Delhi sand, he was intrigued. When he made his first wine from those 80+ year old, thick-trunk vines, spidering close to the ground to protect themselves from the stiff Bay breeze, he knew he had something special.

For years, ancient vine Mourvedre was used to spike three of the top Zinfandels ever made in California — the Cline “Bridgehead,” “Big Break,” and “Live Oak.” But when Matt Cline finally hung up his own shingle, he determined to pay tribute to the Spinellis, making a pure Mourvedre (aka “Mataro”) that’s become a cult favorite on the coast.

Just a few hundred cases are produced each year of this astonishingly deep, silken, now 105 year old gem, an exquisite gumbo of violets, black cherry and sweet herbes de Provence. We offered the 91pt (Tanzer) 2008 last year. 1200 bottles disappeared in a morning, with a whopping 42 buyers rating it 5 stars, one of the highest tallies ever for an under $20 California red.

How’s the 2009? As Matt said, “Imagine 2008 with a little more ooomph.” Hard to say it any better.

This is a magnificent bottle of wine from a historic 5-acre patch, pruned by hand, vinified by California’s greatest Mourvedre master. 450 cases produced. $28 at Matt’s tasting room.

About Kevin

Councilmember - City of Oakley, Manager of Mainframe Operations and Optimization – USS-POSCO INDUSTRIES, Co-Founder and Board Member - Friends of Oakley A Community Foundation, Commissioner - Contra Costa Transportation Authority, Board Member - Tri Delta Transit, Transplan, San Joaquin Joint Powers Authority and RD 2137, Advisory Board – Opportunity Junction
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