Category Archives: Amador County

PICKS of the RACK: Two Big Reds from Macchia Wines | Sangiovese & Petite Sirah | California | 2012 | 91 pts Each

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Macchia Wines, located in Lodi, California, produces a range of Zinfandel bottlings, Italian varietals, and select other red varietal wines sourced from vineyards in the low-elevation Lodi American Viticultural Area (AVA) and the higher-elevation Amador County AVA. Macchia wines showcase … 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 CELLAR: Cooper Vineyards | Barbera | Estate | Amador County | California | 2008

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In June 2010, we had the pleasure of visiting Dick Cooper at his namesake Cooper Vineyards in California’s Shenandoah Valley AVA near Plymouth, in Amador County.  As we stood tasting several aging wines from barrel with Dick and winemaker Mike Roser, Dick reminisced about his ancestors’ walnut farming … Continue reading

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PICK of the RACK: Dillian Wines | Barbera | Amador County | California | 2010 | $26 | 91 pts

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Aromas: black cherry and plum; cocoa; cola Character: dry & full-bodied; rich & fruit-driven; moderate tannins; vibrant acids; smooth, supple mouth feel; subtle oak Flavors: plums sautéed in butter; dark fruit compote; chocolate; macadamia nut; vanilla-tinged oak Food Pairing: mild-medium sharp cheeses; tomato-based Italian fare; Barbeque; roasted meats … 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: 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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