Terra d'Oro Sangiovese 2007
Sangiovese from Sierra Foothills, California
The 2007 Terra d'Oro Sangiovese showcases the depth of character that can be coaxed out of this varietal in Amador County. The wine opens with a nose of cinnamon, black tea and ripe black cherry. The cherries spill into the mouth, buoyed along a juicy current of balanced acidity. The finish lingers long and low, as the spicy components of the oak intertwine with the spice of the grape. Quite possibly the perfect food wine, enjoy Terra d'Oro Sangiovese with a family style platter of your favorite Italian dish. Add a table full of friends and family, mix, and enjoy.
Wine & Spirits - "Chris Leamy co-ferments sangiovese with 15 percent barbera to create this spicy red. It's light with tangy red berry flavors and ripe tomato-skin tannins. Tightly built, it will cut through pork sugo or lasagna."
Terra d'Oro Winery
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." View all Terra d'Oro Wines
About Sierra FoothillsView a map of Sierra Foothills wineries
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.
Notable FactsZinfandel 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.
About CaliforniaIt'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.
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6 ratings, 2 with reviews411/3/2011More expensive an no better than the Di Majo NOrantebadgergrad96 - Washington, DC59/23/2011This has quickly become one of our favorite wines. Truly delicious.Max Knickerbocker - Iuka, MS48/26/2011Ronald Healer - Elgin, IL46/5/2011JT13 - Fresno, CA46/1/2011ambervh - Austin, TX43/30/2011
Alcohol By Volume GuideMost 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.
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