Zinfandelic Amador County Old Vine Zinfandel 2005
Zinfandel from California
Amador County yields a bold Old Vine Zinfandel with rich, bright
raspberry and black cherry fruit complemented by hints of earth and
spice that add to its complexity.
ZINFANDELIC is a tribute to the unique California wine varietal - Zinfandel. It is also a tribute the California movement & culture of the 1960s - Flower Power, Haight Ashbury, Summer of Love, Rock & Roll, etc. The label is reminiscent of rock posters of the sixties era.
The zinfandel vineyards are situated at a higher altitude in Amador County in California at the foothills of the Sierra Nevada mountains – also known as Gold Country. The vineyards were sustainably farmed from old vines of approximately 40 years old.
ZINFANDELIC is a tribute to the unique California wine varietal, Zinfandel, and the California movement & culture of the 1960s.
Located in the western foothills of the Sierra Nevada mountain range in central California, Amador County is renowned for producing California's finest Zinfandels, some of them crafted from 19th-century vines. This sustainably farmed old vine vineyard is planted on hillsides with soils of sandy clay loam derived from decomposed granite. Amador's warm days and cool evening breezes from the Sierras promote full ripening of the grapes and a balanced acidity, leading to robust, intensely flavored wines.
Zinfandel has always been the quintessential California wine. Taking on the characteristics of the regions where it's grown, the flavor of a California Zin is like the flavor of California itself. It's free love in a bottle, with a vibe all its own - at times mellow, others bold or even spicy. But it's always, dare we say, groovy.
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About Other California
California has nearly 100 American Viticulture Areas (AVAs) and accounts for almost 90% of wine production in the United States. In our section of Other California, we include wines from smaller AVAs as well as wines from the California AVA. Here are a few smaller AVAs you may see on the label:
Livermore Valley AVA, located right outside of San Francisco and home to wineries such as Wente.
Lodi County AVA, an AVA further east of San Francisco and known for its excellent, old-vine Zinfandels.
San Francisco Bay AVA, a sprawling AVA that covers Contra Costa, Santa Clara and Santa Cruz counties, to name a few.
Wine that holds only the California AVA is typically a wine that includes grapes from a number of different AVAs, which leads to the general labeling of the wine as California. This does not denote the quality of the wine, only the diversity of where the grapes originate.
It's not rare to see a wine's country of origin listed as "California." A country into itself in the wine world, California makes enough varieties and styles to match many European wine countries. It produces a diverse range of wines that span the quality spectrum.
The most famous of the California wine regions is Napa Valley, and these wines are certainly outstanding – but it's not as broad and diverse as its larger neighbor, Sonoma County. Down south, Santa Barbara's Santa Maria Valley is well-known for its Rhône blends, as well as cool-climate varieties like Pinot and Chardonnay. The Central Coast, the largest California AVA, has many different microclimates that lead to a wide range of wines with many sub-AVAs.
13 ratings, 13 with reviews
Had this wine with some pasta at a San Francisco Neighborhood resteraunt. was really easy to drink. we bought a second bottle. Very fruity and spicey.. Great everynight bottle. wish i had some ribs.
I really liked the label. I absolutely love the wine. A nicely balanced fruity Zinfandel with a bit of spice. Nice finish.
Very fun wine - not over the top - this can be paired with food and will actually complement it. Good balanced flavors, great for everyday drinking or for parties. Great wine for less than $20.
This Zinfandel shows excellent balance - not overripe or super jammy, with nice density of fruit, subtle spicyness, finishing with nice complexity.
Tasty yet not too sweet with a nice spice to it. Will definitely be buying some more!
A very nice drinking zin. This wine has good fruit without being jammy and nice tannins that are not overpowering but still a long finish. I haven’t really found a zin with finesse like this before since mostly they tend to be fruit bombs. So I really enjoyed this wine. It has a wide food pairing potential more like a Merlot or Pinot.
- San Francisco, CA
This a a cool wine with all the great characteristics of Zinfandel, but with a touch of earthiness. Great for summer BBQ's! Fun label too, very California.
What you would expect from a great Zin, reminds me of the incredable 2005 ZOOM Zin.
I bought 2 bottles of this wine. The first one we had with a grass-fed steak and it was very good. Nice fruit and held up to the strong flavor of the steak, but it needed a long breathing period and without the food (we tasted it before dinner) it was a little astringent. Because of the astringency, we had the second bottle with a feed-lot steak. We let it breathe for 2 hours and served it mildly cooled. This bottle had a very odd sherry aroma and taste. I like this flavor in sherries and in a rich sticky, but it just didn't feel right in a zin. Since there are a number of other good zins in this price range, I won't buy this wine again.
This was a great wine! A classic California Zin! Brought it to a wine tasting party and it was a big hit!
Unlike so many wines with cute labels this bottle of Zin is actually extremely well-balanced. A superior wine and this from a discriminating customer from the area in which the grapes were grown.
Loved the tannins, which made this wine feel more complex than a lot of zin's. Not a fruit bomb, and doesn't have that boozy taste that a lot of zin's have.
i loved this wine, just the right amount of jamminess without being too overwhelming. great for bbq season!
Alcohol By Volume Guide
Most wine ranges from 10-16% alcohol by volume. Some varietals tend to have higher (for example Zinfandel and Cabernet Sauvignon) or lower alcohol levels (Pinot Noir and many white varietals), but there is always some variation from producer to producer. Some wine falls outside of this range, for instance Port weighs in closer to 20%, while Muscat and Riesling are usually a bit below 10%.
Wine Style Guide
Light & Fruity
- Red wines that are more fruit-forward and lighter in tannin and body.
Smooth & Supple
- Medium bodied reds that go down easy, with smooth tannins and supple fruit.
Earthy & Spicy
- Wines where earthy and/or spicy dominate the flavors – typically medium to full body.
Big & Bold
- Full bodied wines that have concentrated fruit and are higher in alcohol and/or tannins. Some need age.