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Amador Wine Sierra Foothills, California

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As the lower part of the greater Sierra Foothills appellation, Amador is roughly a plateau whose vineyards grow at 1,200 to 2,000 feet in elevation. It is 100 miles east of both San Francisco and Napa Valley. Most of its wineries are in the oak-studded rolling hillsides of Shenandoah Valley or east in Fiddletown, where elevations are slightly higher.

The Sierra Foothills growing area was among the largest wine producers in the state during the gold rush of the late 1800s. The local wine industry enjoyed great success until just after the turn of the century when fortune-seekers moved elsewhere and its population diminished. With Prohibition, winemaking was totally abandoned, along with its vineyards. But some of these, especially Zinfandel, still remain and are the treasure chest of the Sierra Foothills as we know them.

Most Amador vines are planted in volcanic soils derived primarily from sandy clay loam and decomposed granite. Summer days are hot but nighttime temperatures typically drop 30 degrees and the humidity is low, making this an ideal environment for grape growing. Because there is adequate rain throughout the year and even snow in the winter, dry farming is possible.

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  • Scott Harvey Mountain Selection Syrah 2016  Front Label
    Scott Harvey Mountain Selection Syrah 2016
    Syrah/Shiraz from Amador, Sierra Foothills, California
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  • Keplinger Sumo 2016  Front Label
    Keplinger Sumo 2016
    Other Red Blends from Amador, Sierra Foothills, California
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  • Andis Amador County Zinfandel 2016  Front Label
    Andis Amador County Zinfandel 2016
    Zinfandel from Amador, Sierra Foothills, California
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    • Terra d'Oro Barbera 2016 Front Label
      Terra d'Oro Barbera 2016
      Barbera from Amador, Sierra Foothills, California
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      • A Tribute to Grace Shake Ridge Ranch Vineyard Grenache 2016 Front Label
        A Tribute to Grace Shake Ridge Ranch Vineyard Grenache 2016
        Grenache from Amador, Sierra Foothills, California
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      • Sobon Estate Rocky Top Zinfandel 2016 Front Label
        Sobon Estate Rocky Top Zinfandel 2016
        Zinfandel from Amador, Sierra Foothills, California
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        • Turley Buck Cobb Vineyard Zinfandel 2016 Front Label
          Turley Buck Cobb Vineyard Zinfandel 2016
          Zinfandel from Amador, Sierra Foothills, California
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          • Montevina Zinfandel 2016 Front Label
            Montevina Zinfandel 2016
            Zinfandel from Amador, Sierra Foothills, California
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            • Haraszthy Family Cellars Amador County Zinfandel 2016 Front Label
              Haraszthy Family Cellars Amador County Zinfandel 2016
              Zinfandel from Amador, Sierra Foothills, California
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              • Shenandoah Special Reserve Zinfandel 2016 Front Label
                Shenandoah Special Reserve Zinfandel 2016
                Zinfandel from Amador, Sierra Foothills, California
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                • Sobon Estate Barbera 2016 Front Label
                  Sobon Estate Barbera 2016
                  Barbera from Amador, Sierra Foothills, California
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                  • Montevina Barbera 2016 Front Label
                    Montevina Barbera 2016
                    Barbera from Amador, Sierra Foothills, California
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                    • Terra d'Oro Deaver Ranch Old Vine Zinfandel 2016 Front Label
                      Terra d'Oro Deaver Ranch Old Vine Zinfandel 2016
                      Zinfandel from Amador, Sierra Foothills, California
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                    • Jeff Runquist R Barbera 2016 Front Label
                      Jeff Runquist R Barbera 2016
                      Barbera from Amador, Sierra Foothills, California
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                      • Jeff Runquist R Primitivo 2016 Front Label
                        Jeff Runquist R Primitivo 2016
                        Primitivo from Amador, Sierra Foothills, California
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                        • Sobon Estate Old Vines Zinfandel 2016 Front Label
                          Sobon Estate Old Vines Zinfandel 2016
                          Zinfandel from Amador, Sierra Foothills, California
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                          • Scott Harvey Mountain Selection Barbera 2016  Front Label
                            Scott Harvey Mountain Selection Barbera 2016
                            Barbera from Amador, Sierra Foothills, California
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                          • Terra d'Oro Petite Sirah 2016 Front Label
                            Terra d'Oro Petite Sirah 2016
                            Petite Sirah from Amador, Sierra Foothills, California
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                          • Vino Noceto Sangiovese 2016 Front Label
                            Vino Noceto Sangiovese 2016
                            Sangiovese from Amador, Sierra Foothills, California
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                            • Fiddletown Old Vine Zinfandel 2016 Front Label
                              Fiddletown Old Vine Zinfandel 2016
                              Zinfandel from Amador, Sierra Foothills, California
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                              • Sobon Estate Cougar Hill Zinfandel 2016  Front Label
                                Sobon Estate Cougar Hill Zinfandel 2016
                                Zinfandel from Amador, Sierra Foothills, California
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                                • Sobon Estate Rezerve Zin 2016 Front Label
                                  Sobon Estate Rezerve Zin 2016
                                  Zinfandel from Amador, Sierra Foothills, California
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                                  • Forlorn Hope San Hercurmer delle Frecce Barbera 2016
                                    Barbera from Amador, Sierra Foothills, California
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                                    • Andis Grenache 2016 Front Label
                                      Andis Grenache 2016
                                      Grenache from Amador, Sierra Foothills, California
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                                    • Ferdinand Tempranillo 2016  Front Label
                                      Ferdinand Tempranillo 2016
                                      Tempranillo from Amador, Sierra Foothills, California
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