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Terra d'Oro SHR Zinfandel 2007

Zinfandel from Sierra Foothills, California
  • TP94
14.5% ABV
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3.4 9 Ratings
14.5% ABV

Winemaker Notes

The 2007 Terra d'Oro SHR Field Blend Zinfandel presents a beautiful deep, dark color in the glass. With classic Amador spice notes, the nose is rich with ripe dark fruit with hints of clove, warm vanilla, and violet perfume. Bold and rich flavors fill the mouth with ripe wild berries and mocha; another great example of the complexity and unique flavors and aromas that can only come from field blending.

The long and warm finish makes this wine a perfect companion to braised lamb shank with mushrooms or roasted quail with polenta.

Blend: 80% Zinfandel, 13% Petite Sirah, 7% Barbera

Critical Acclaim

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A blend of 80% Zin, 13$ Petite Sirah and 7% Barbera, this is one of the most superbly textured wines I have tasted. The nose is ripe and incredibly concentrated with blueberries, raisins and cherry-tinged cocoa powder; the palate's silky entry is tongue-coating bliss. Chalky and juicy at the same time.
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Terra d'Oro

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Terra d'Oro, Sierra Foothills, California
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For more than 150 years, fortune seekers have been lured to California's rugged Sierra Foothills. Though they once came for the gold, these days they come for the wine—Terra d'Oro, to be more specific. Handcrafted from some of Amador County's most historic vineyards, Terra d'Oro wines are rich indeed, full of the character and intensity that perfectly captures the essence of this "Land of Gold."

Sierra Foothills

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Originally a source of oenological sustenance for gold-seeking miners of the mid-1800s, the Sierra Foothills was the first region in California to produce wines from European grape varieties. Located between Sacramento and the Nevada border, this area’s immigrant settlers chose to forgo growing the then-ubiquitous Mission grape and instead brought with them superior vines from the Old World to plant alongside mining camps.

Zinfandel has been the most important variety of this region since its inception, taking on a spicy character with brambly fruit and firm structure. Amador and El Dorado counties, benefiting from the presence of volcanic and granite soils, are home to the best examples. Bold, robust Rhône blends and Barberas are also important regional specialties.

Zinfandel

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Unapologetically powerful, heady, and fruit-forward, Zinfandel is often thought of as a truly Californian grape, though in fact it is anything but. This variety has followed an intriguing trajectory to reach its adoptive home, beginning, surprisingly, in Croatia. Originally known as Tribidrag, it first made its way to southern Italy where it became known as Primitivo. From there it eventually migrated to what is now unarguably its most successful outpost, in California, and has thrived throughout the state. Of course, this is also the grape of White Zinfandel, a sweet pink wine that enjoyed great popularity in the 1980s and 90s. Though White Zin still has a significant following, today the variety is increasingly associated with the red version.

In the Glass

Zinfandel commonly features a bold, plush texture and notes of dark plum, blackberry, sweet spice, black pepper, dark chocolate, leather, and licorice, and can often be described as “jammy” and a little bit sweet. Very ripe examples may express a hint of dried fruit like raisin, fig, or prune. Despite its significant alcohol and weight, Zinfandel has very smooth, gentle tannins.

Perfect Pairings

Zinfandel is a powerfully flavored wine, mingling happily with bold food like brisket, lamb shanks, pork ribs, or anything barbecued. If care is taken with regards to alcohol levels, Zinfandel’s hint of sweetness can work well with milder Indian-spiced dishes like lamb curry.

Sommelier Secret

Thanks to its popularity both for home winemaking and as communion wine, many Zinfandel vines were able to survive prohibition, leading to the abundance of "old vine" Zinfandels. These low-yielding vines tend to produce wine that is concentrated, complex, and elegant.

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