Keplinger Sumo 2015 Front Label
Keplinger Sumo 2015 Front Label

Keplinger Sumo 2015

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Winemaker Notes

The 2015 Sumo is a blend of 84% Petite Sirah, 13% Syrah, and 3% Viognier, all from Shake Ridge Vineyard. The nose is super dark and exotic, showing layers of blackberry concentrate, tar, bittersweet chocolate, black licorice, black pepper corn and turpentine. The palate is massive, with blue and black fruit, crazy spice, creosote and a long plush finish.

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V 95
The 2015 Sumo is another fabulous wine in this range. Inky, deep and explosive, the 2015 is endowed with serious density from start to finish. Blueberry jam, crème de cassis, lavender, cloves and licorice are bold and luscious in the glass. Even with all of its intensity, the 2015 retains considerable freshness. Helen Keplinger has done a terrific job in taming the tannins in this Petite Sirah-based blend. The 2015 is superb. That's all there is to it.
JS 94
James Suckling

A layered and rich wine with so much richness and tension at the same time. Nothing is overdone here. Blackberry and blueberry character. Full and flavorful.

WS 93
Wine Spectator
Broad and burly, but wrapped in a polished exterior, with plump blueberry, tar and sandalwood accents that take on power toward the bold but refined tannins. Petite Sirah, Syrah and Viognier. Best from 2019 through 2028.
JD 93
Jeb Dunnuck
The 2015 Sumo checks in as 84% Petite Sirah, 13% Syrah and 3% Viognier, mostly cofermented, that was brought up in 60% new Burgundy barrels. It’s as inky as they come yet offers a pure, elegant bouquet of blueberries, caramelized black cherries, graphite, smoked earth, and leafy herbs. With full-bodied richness, awesome intensity and depth of fruit, good freshness, and a great finish, it’s one hell of a steakhouse wine that’s going to keep for 10-15 years.
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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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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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