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Calafia Verdelho 2018

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    Winemaker Notes

    The color is medium yellow with green hues. The wine opens with fresh aromas of Fuji apple, lemon zest, and kiwi. With time in the glass, a second wave of aromas appears: melon, pear, apricot and tropical notes of guava and mango.Flavors parallel the aromas. In the mouth, the texture is round, silky, and delicate. The wine finishes very crisp and racy, a multi-faceted wine for warm spring & summer afternoons and evenings.

    This Verdelho excels when paired with delicate white fish like trout & Petrale sole, niçoise salad and ripe, freshly sliced fruits. Mild white cheeses, both creamy and hard, along with goat cheese pair particularly well with this wine.

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    Calafia, California
    Calafia Cellars is owned by Randle Johnson. Born and raised in the San Francisco Bay Area, Randle attended the University of California at Davis and graduated in 1974 with a masters in Viticulture. Randle's first position was as a viticulturist with Souverain Winery in Rutherford. A year later he moved into the winery division there and became assistant to winemaker Phil Baxter. In 1977 Randle moved to Mayacamas Vineyards in the capacity of Cellarmaster. He realized the unique vineyard environment of Mount Veeder and began to study the climate, soils, vineyards, and wines of the region. After three years at Mayacamas, Randle started Calafia Cellars. Using grapes from both the Napa and Sonoma sides of Mount Veeder, he made Cabernet Sauvignon, Merlot, Zinfandel, and Sauvignon Blanc under the Calafia label. In 1980 Randle accepted a position at the Stag's Leap Winery where he worked until 1982 developing the wine production at the Estate. In 1983 he began working as consultant to Donald Hess in his new wine venture on Mount Veeder and in 1985 he accepted a fulltime position as Senior Winemaker at Hess Collection. In order to avoid any conflict in his new capacity, he agreed to limit production under the Calafia label to his Reserve Cabernet Sauvignon from a small vineyard situated on Mount Veeder. The vineyard is owned by James Konrad and has been the source of a series of powerful, yet elegant Cabernets. Today Randle continues his job at Hess as Senior Winemaker. He produces less than 200 cases annually of the Calafia Konrad Reserve Cabernet Sauvignon.
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    Amador Wine

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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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    While capable of making a delightful Portugeuse dry white wine, great as an aperitif and for pairing with raw fish and oysters, Verdelho is also a major grape in the production of Madeira. While many less expensive Madeira wines can be blends of different years or grapes, including Verdelho, single-varietal Madeira represent the highest quality versions that also have long aging capacities. Sercial, Boal, Malmsey and Verdelho are the best Madeira grapes. Of the four, Verdelho is the most concentrated and smoky. It is dry, intense, spicy and is flexible in food pairings. Somm Secret—Like many other fortified wines, Madeira made of Verdelho can tolerate extreme aging and some rare bottles can still be found from the late 19th/early 20th century.

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