Category Archives: Sierra Foothills

Grace Patriot | 2013 Tempranillo 91 Points | 2012 Tempriano 91 Points | Two Alluring Variations on a Classic Spanish Variety

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We first introduced you to Grace Patriot Wines and their El Dorado Tempranillo (the outstanding 2007) in 2013 (see our feature review at the LINK), and since then the Grace Family have continued to demonstrate that this classic Spanish variety … Continue reading

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PICK of WINE COUNTRY: Sobon Estate | Amador County | California

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Sobon Estate is a seasoned champion of Amador County Zinfandel. The winery produces a number of distinct Zinfandel labels, and here we are featuring two that demonstrate the winery’s skillful range: the 2011 Rocky Top, a bold and spicy interpretation … Continue reading

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PICK of the RACK: Grace Patriot Wines | Lewis Grace | Pinot Noir | Estate | El Dorado County | California | 2012 | $28 | 92 pts

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Last November we introduced you to the Grace Family and their winery — Grace Patriot Wines, which sits at an elevation of 3,000 feet in the Apple Hill area of El Dorado County, California, near Placerville.  Click here to read our original article, which … Continue reading

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PICK of WINE COUNTRY: Grace Patriot Wines | El Dorado County | California

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We recently had the pleasure of visiting the Grace family at their winery — Grace Patriot Wines — in El Dorado County, California.  Their property lies just a few miles east of Placerville, the county seat, in an area known as “Apple Hill” … Continue reading

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PICK of the RACK: Skinner Vineyards | Petite Sirah | El Dorado County | California | 2010 | $36 | 90 pts

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Aromas: black pepper; Chinese 5-spice; graphite/pencil lead; cedar Character: dry; full-bodied; firm structure; earth/mineral-driven; bright acids & chewy tannins; integrated oak; 14.9% alcohol Flavors: blackberry; roasted red bell pepper; kalamata olive; bitters; lime zest; woodsmoke  Food Pairing: medium to sharp cheeses; grilled beef, lamb, and vegetables; roasted pork; … Continue reading

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PICK of the RACK: Scott Harvey | Syrah | Mountain Selection | Amador County | California | 2008 | $22 | 92 pts

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Aromas:  fresh cherries; vanilla bean; cinnamon Character:  full-bodied & robust; fruit-forward; medium tannins and acids; silky texture; integrated oak Flavors:  cherries & boysenberries; dark chocolate-covered dried fruit; sweet cured tobacco Food Pairing:  barbeque spare ribs; grilled sausage; roasted pork   Scott … Continue reading

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PICK of the RACK: Jeff Runquist Wines | 1448 | Red Blend | California | 2010 | $20 | 86 pts

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Aromas:  dried blueberries; black pepper; woodsmoke Character:  dry; full-bodied; earthy; toasty; tangy; medium tannins and acids Flavors:  spiced plum; fire-roasted tomato; cured tobacco; dark chocolate covered roasted coffee beans Food Pairing: BBQ/smoked meats; hamburgers and other grilled fare; ratatouille; smoked cheeses   A Wine … Continue reading

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PICK of the RACK: Cedarville Vineyard | Cabernet Sauvignon | El Dorado County | California | 2007 | $29 | 90 pts

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Aromas:  deep, black cherry; cocoa; vanilla. Character:  dry; rich & full-bodied; fruit & earth in balance; medium tannins; medium acidity; well integrated oak. Flavors:  black currant; sweet cured tobacco; black tea; pepper & spice; graphite. Food Pairing:  sharp cheeses; steak; grilled … Continue reading

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PICK of the RACK: Cedarville Vineyard | Grenache | El Dorado County | California | 2008 | $25 | 88 pts

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Aromas:  vibrant red berry fruit; chocolate; sandalwood. Character:  dry; fruit-driven; mid-weight; smooth mouthfeel; low tannin; medium acidity; light oak. Flavors: brandied cherries; cinnamon; tinge of mineral. Food Pairing:  soft, creamy cheeses; grilled meats & fish; tomato-based pasta dishes; delicious without food.   I recently had … Continue reading

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PICK of the RACK: Scott Harvey Wines | Vineyard 1869 Zinfandel | Amador County | California | 2008 | $45 | 89 pts

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Aromas:  fresh raspberries; graphite. Character:  dry; fruit-driven; mid-weight; smooth mouth-feel; low tannin; medium acidity; light oak. Flavors:  red berries; cinammon; vanilla; black pepper; mineral. Food Pairing:  Creamy, soft cheeses; grilled meats & fish; tomato-based pasta dishes.   Scott Harvey’s newest Vineyard … Continue reading

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PICK of WINE COUNTRY: Story Winery | Amador County | California

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Story Winery is a shimmering nugget in California’s Gold Country. Nestled in the rustic reaches of the state’s very own Shenandoah Valley ~ a growing hub of winemaking in the Sierra Foothills wine region on the eastern edge of the … Continue reading

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