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Red wines that are more fruit-forward and lighter in tannin and body.
Medium bodied reds that go down easy, with smooth tannins and supple fruit.
Wines where earthy and/or spicy dominate the flavors – typically medium to full body.
Full bodied wines that have concentrated fruit and are higher in alcohol and/or tannins. Some need age.
Terra d'Oro 2005 Zinfandel is a shining example of Amador Zinfandel. Montevina doesn't have to coerce character and spice from the fruit, nor do they beat it back. Dark berry fruit is generously seasoned with characteristic Shenandoah spice. American oak lends molasses and barbecue sauce
and French oak adds vanilla and cinnamon to a balanced lingering finish.
Sweet and spicy are two classic culinary combinations. Montevina's chefs match many of their favorite dishes with this classic Zinfandel, ranging from barbeque short ribs in chipotle dipping sauce to pan-seared filet mignon to just an old fashioned juicy cheeseburger.
"Medium crimson hue. Nose of cherry and rhubarb with a whiff of spicy oak. Very spicy on entry with violet and black fruit flavors and loads of oaky tannins... maple and clove accents."
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For more than 150 years, fortune seekers have been lured to California's rugged Sierra Foothills. Though they once came for the gold, these days they come for the wine—Terra d'Oro, to be more specific. Handcrafted from some of Amador County's most historic vineyards, Terra d'Oro wines are rich indeed, full of the character and intensity that perfectly captures the essence of this "Land of Gold."
Called gold country since the mid-1800's, the Sierra Foothills, located between Sacramento and the Nevada border, was a hot spot for those seeking a gold rush fortune. Some of these settlers brought some European vines with them and somewhere in that mix was the Zinfandel grape.
Zinfandel remains the grape of choice here, followed by Rhone Blends. Volcanic...Read More About Sierra Foothills
Zinfandel the American - or Californian - grape. Although it's not from America
(Croatia has been named its origin),
it does seem quite at home in the vineyards of California.
During Prohibition, many
Zinfandel vines survived as the high-yielding grape was popular both for home winemaking and communion wine, which is...Read More About Zinfandel
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