2015 Terra d' Oro Zinfandel

Year: 2015
Appellation: Amador County
Country: USA-California
Wine Spectator: 88
Connoisseurs' Guide: 87
Wine Enthusiast: 91
Red Wine
Alcohol by Volume: 14.5%
Price :


"Raspberry and wildflower aromas lead to trim and tightly wound cherry, mineral and dusty herb flavors. Drink now through 2022. 1,900 cases made. –TF " (WS)

"If not quite up to meeting the full promise of its very attractive aromatic beginnings of raspberries, ripe plums and vanilla, this nicely balanced, medium-full-bodied Zinfandel nonetheless follows with accessible, moderately fruity, varietally honest flavors that are easy to like even though they are not quite as deep or as expansive as they could be. The wine is lightly tannic but avoids undue coarseness, and it comes with a price tag that earns it an enthusiastic thumbs-up vote for value. Reviewed: May 2017" (CG)

"This terrific wine has vibrant fruit flavors and feelings of focus and energy on the palate. Firm acidity and fine-grained tannins add structure and lend support to the spicy oak and ripe cherry and blackberry nuances that start in the aromas and carry through the taste and finish." (WE)

Winery Notes:
Vineyard & Varietal Information:
At Terra d’Oro, Zinfandel is what we do best. Shallow topsoils, granite hardpan, hot summer days, and cool summer nights make a fabulous home for our favorite varietal. Hand selected every year from our prestigious Amador vineyards, Terra d’Oro Amador County Zinfandel is the flagship of our Zinfandel program. We head train and spur prune the Terra d'Oro vineyards for optimum sunlight and controlled crop.

Winemaking Information:
At Terra d’Oro, our Zinfandel vineyards are carefully handpicked and brought to the winery for processing. After being put into a hopper, about fifteen gallons of juice per ton of grapes is removed. The grapes are then destemmed and crushed and the must is sent to tanks where it is left to cold soak for up to three days. This allows a primary extraction where water acts as a solvent and breaks down the cell walls of the grape solids, extracting flavors, color, and aromas. The fermentors are drained and returned three times, resulting in more extraction than merely pumping over the tanks. After gentle tank pressing, the wine was aged in a combination of Hungarian, French and American oak for 16 months.

Tasting Notes:
This savory Zinfandel displays vibrant aromas of rich, spicy clove and big, generous fruit with hints of vanilla that entice the nose. An abundance of plums and flavors of dense, juicy blackberries excites the senses with a round mouthfeel of well-integrated tannins on the finish. This wine is rich and powerful, and incredibly well-balanced. The Terra d’Oro Amador Zinfandel is enjoyable on its own, and especially complements anything barbecued.