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Fiddletown The Soloist Red Blend 2013

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Winemaker Notes

A beautiful blend of 60% Zinfandel and 40% Barbera, this wine explodes out of the glass with a refined opulence and simplicity. The 2013 Soloist is a superb example of two premier varietals of Amador County integrating perfectly. Seamless aromas of blackberry jam and Madagascar vanilla greet you on the nose. Dark, chewy and delicious with smooth yet structured tannins that frame a dense network of flavors that include fresh blueberry, raspberry and chocolate covered black cherries. The 2013 Soloist is the perfect wine for every night of the week. Share it with friends or have it Solo! Drink 2016 to 2017.

Critical Acclaim

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This wine is an extrovert, boasting powerful jammy and smoky aromas, very ripe blackberry and maple syrup flavors, a dry impression and a good, thick layer of tannin.
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Fiddletown Cellars

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Fiddletown Cellars, Fiddletown, Sierra Foothills, California
The winery is located in Fiddletown, a picturesque and sleepy town, founded around 1849, during the Gold Rush. Fiddletown is one of California's smallest AVA and is located within the larger Sierra Foothills AVA. At an elevation of 1800 feet, the vineyards have the longest growing season in Amador Country, allowing for maximum flavor concentration and exceptional balance year in and year out.

Being Earth Friendly is easy to say, but it's much harder to do. The actual winery is an energy efficient ICF (insulated concrete form) structure. Their water comes from our own artisan well, with UV sterilization to replace chemical additives. Year round power is provided by a 10KW PV solar system and the only private wind turbine, in Amador County. They use pulp shippers rather than polystyrene foam cores. In addition, we strive to do business with Green Friendly companies and use our fruit from organic farmers. They recycle everything; from cardboard to sending the fruit pressings back to the vineyard for organic compost.


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Growing some of California’s oldest plantings of Zinfandel, Fiddletown is a region of rolling hills surrounded by pine forests. While not many wineries reside within the AVA boundaries, a good number of Amador County wineries purchase Fiddletown grapes.

Other Red Blends

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With hundreds of red grape varieties to choose from, winemakers have the freedom to create a virtually endless assortment of blended wines. In many European regions, strict laws are in place determining the set of varieties that may be used, but in the New World, experimentation is permitted and encouraged. Blending can be utilized to enhance balance or create complexity, lending different layers of flavors and aromas. For example, a variety that creates a fruity and full-bodied wine would do well combined with one that is naturally high in acidity and tannins. Sometimes small amounts of a particular variety are added to boost color or aromatics. Blending can take place before or after fermentation, with the latter, more popular option giving more control to the winemaker over the final qualities of the wine.

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