SRP of $22 and available for as low as $16. 2,469 cases produced. Sample submitted for review.
From the winery:
“Vineyard/Vintage Notes: Grown on steep mountainous terrain in the higher elevations of the Shenandoah Valley of Amador County, California.
Winemaker’s Notes: Produced in the Italian old world, food friendly style.
Tasting Notes: Blackberry and raspberry blend into a bright center of cola and red licorice flowing into a flavorful lingering finish.
As we covered in our recent review of the Coloma Meatgrinder Syrah we’re big fans of wines from El Dorado in the Sierra Foothills. Today’s wine also comes from the Sierra Foothills, but this time from Amador County which is a bit warmer and at a lower elevation than El Dorado (although still at an altitude of 1,200-2,000 ft).
Amador County is no stranger to wine with nearly 600 acres of vines 60+ years old. Winemaking in the area goes back to the Gold Rush of 1849 and there are still several vineyards (of the 40 or so in the area) which had their start in the 19th century. Perhaps best known for Zinfandel, the region also has a reputation for turning out excellent wines made from Italian varietals like Barbera.
The 2012 Scott Harvey Amador County Mountain Selection Barbera begins with an excellent aroma of blackberry, raspberry and black cherry cola along with hints of vanilla and even a little cinnamon. Tasting reveals similar flavors to the nose along with some prune and raisin notes in this delicious, easy to drink wine. Red licorice, nice earthy notes and a bit of spice round out the palate and lead into the dry, medium-long finish featuring tart fruit and sweet oak — no surprise thanks to spending 17 months in French oak. Now that’s what I call wine amore!
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Overall Rating: 7.3
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