This vineyard is named for one of Amador's early settlers Henry Modani, who broke ground and completed his home in 1920. Located on a northern exposure and at a slightly higher elevation, red soils and gentle morning sun create a unique Amador microclimate. This combination lends to a brightness and lively acidity complemented by black cobbler fruits with undertones of raspberry and elegant tannin structure.
Gnarled, twisted old Zinfandel vines were the inspiration behind the Medusa wines logo, named for the snake-haired figure
of Greek mythology. Founders Patti Hoffman and Lydia Mondavi also liked the name because it means sovereign female wisdom.
What could be wiser than creating single-vineyard Zins from the finest old-vine vineyards in California?
For their national debut, winemakers for Medusa, Paul Hoffman and Rob Mondavi, sourced four different Zinfandel wines
from prime growing regions: Pig Pen Vineyard and Henry's House Vineyard on the Deaver Ranch in Amador County; Lover's
Lane Vineyard in Mendocino; and the Creekside Block of Bar 49 Vineyard in northeast Napa Valley. Each of these
sites contributes distinctive, intensely concentrated character for four truly unique Zinfandel expressions.
Medusa produced its first vintage in 2003 to high praise and acclaim, and picked up momentum through association
with Zinfandel Advocates and Producers (ZAP). At a recent ZAP event in San Francisco, Medusa was chosen as a standout,
and fans of the label aren't shy about showing their support. Instead of the fake Medusa tattoos handed out at the
events for fun, several enthusiasts have opted for the real thing!
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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 rock & granite-based soils give their wines a robustness that make them unique, and highly sought after, particularly from the two best-known counties, Amador and El Dorado. Zinfandels here are spicy and structures, with brambly fruit and excellent backbone. Once a well-kept secret, wine from the Sierra Foothills is now on the national wine map.
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.
Another great selection from the Discovery Wine Club. Opened it last night and was pleased with the nice smooth fruity flavor and finish, not too spicy like some Zins. Will be buying more and extending Wine Club subscription!
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 & Crisp
Light to medium bodied wines that are high in acid and light to medium fruit. Typically no oak.
Fruity & Smooth
Light to medium bodied wines with lots of juicy fruit, typically medium acid and medium oak.
Rich & Creamy
Full bodied wines that have typically undergone malo-lactic fermentation and/or spent time in oak.