2016 Terra d' Oro Zinfandel

Year: 2016
Appellation: Amador County
Country: USA-California
Wine Spectator: 88
Connoisseurs' Guide: 88
Red Wine
Alcohol by Volume: 14.5%
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"Briary and zesty, with medium-bodied cherry, underbrush and pepper flavors that finish with slightly firm tannins. Drink now through 2023. 6,000 cases made. -TF " (WS)

"GOOD VALUE, Ripe, rich in oak and boasting plenty of concentrated, well-focused varietal fruit from first sniff to finish, this impressively filled offering overachieves at the price and ranks among the better Zinfandel buys to be found. It comes with enough finishing grip to encourage a few years of keeping, but, if a tad rustic as Amador versions are wont to be, it is never so tannic as to warn off early drinking, especially when matched up with the likes of spicy grilled sausages or hearty pork stews. Reviewed: January 2019" (CG)

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.