WINE REVIEW: Line 39 California Bargains
Updated: Jul 21, 2022
by Andrew Chalk
Simplicity is a way of life at Line 39, where premium wines are crafted with care, and each bottle fully embraces the joy of the uncomplicated. Straight-forward, high-quality wine starts with sourcing only the best grapes possible—plain and simple—best reflected in the 2019 Pinot Noir (SRP $11) and 2021 Sauvignon Blanc (SRP $11). Line 39’s first grapes came from Northern California’s winemaking sweet spot, the 39th parallel that runs through the heart of wine country just North of Napa Valley. It’s all about ease and appreciating the little things, which is why every one of their vineyards foster slow and even ripening of the grapes, producing wines with a perfect balance of rich, ripe fruit flavors and crisp acidity.
Winemaker Steven DeCosta leads his team of talented young winemakers who work with grapes from premier appellations across California. With great flavors comes great accountability, that’s why Line 39 is fully transparent and committed to sustainable practices that do good all around, from the vineyards, to the glass, to the team that makes it all happen.
The 2019 Pinot Noir opens with aromas of dark cherry, vanilla bean, and pomegranate followed by a palate of bright cherry, hints of earth, mushroom, and toasty oak. The 2021 Sauvignon Blanc opens with vibrant aromas of grapefruit and lemon with subtle grassy characters and a crisp clean finish, best paired with a little ease on a sunny day.