Zinfandelic Amador County Old Vine Zinfandel 2006
Zinfandel from Sierra Foothills, California
- red wine
- Smooth & Supple
- 14.5% abv
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 Sierra Foothills
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 unto 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.
9 ratings, 8 with reviews
- Light & Fruity
This zin is less bold than most Amador county zins, but still nice.
- Smooth & Supple
- Pair With
It is a great wine that taste better when you let the wine breath for a few minutes. Trust me, your friends will love the label of this wine for any dinner party or get together at your house/apartment.
- Smooth & Supple
Enjoyed it for a girl's night out and it made a great pairing for everything we ordered, from the hamburger to the pizza to the porkchop. Lots of fruit on the nose and palate, well balanced with good tannins.
Nicely styled Zin with ripe fruit in a lighter, dry style that lets the earthy notes of sage and lavender come through. Good plum and blackberry flavors, classically Old Vine and a good match with pasta in cream sauce or my wife's dry rub BBQ ribs. Wonderful!
I was excited to try this zinfadel. Zin is usually a nice standby and its difficult to go wrong. Despite other reviews, I did not enjoy it. The initial tasting was fine. It was rather bold, but the finish was not so great and I think the tanins were off. It left me with a "cheap wine" headache. The label is groovy, but its trip isn't.
We are thoroughly enjoying this zinfandel with meals.
The 2006 Old Vine Zinfandel is big and bold, balanced with flavors of berries and spice. Delicious with rich foods. I enjoyed it with smoked Gouda and a tomato-based pasta dish.
Zinfandelic Old Vine Zin 2006 is as good as the 2005, if not better. Flavors of wild berry, currant, and spice. Nice balance & smooth tannins. Love the hippie wine label.
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.