Presenting: THE BRIDGES OF MADISON COUNTY
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Amador County – Created in 1854. Named for Jose Maria Amador, soldier, rancher and miner. Population: 38,000+. Located in the Sierra Nevada Range to the south of Lake Tahoe. Bills itself as “The Heart of the Mother Lode” within the Gold Country. Has about 45 wineries.
2012 Dobra Zemlja Amador County Sangiovese -- $26
Winery founded in 1995 by Milan & Victoria Matulich. Dobra Zemlja means “good earth” in Croatian. They specialize in “Big Amadors”. Sangiovese tasting notes indicate a rich wine with cherry and plum notes completed by a round finish of toasted caramel. Only 70 cases.
2011 Wilderotter Shenandoah Valley Mourvedre -- $26
Founded in 1999 by Jay and Maggie Wilderotter. Usually a “blending” grape, this single varietal Mourvedre shows aromas of clean earth and mineral shrouded by plum, cassis and cherry. Subtle hints of anise, sage and parsley linger in the sinuses. 225 cases produced.
2012 Amador Cellars Amador County Syrah – $26
This small Winery was born in 2004 with owners Larry and Linda Long ably assisted by son Michael. Dark fruit aromas and warming holiday spirits from the Syrah are complemented by flavors of lush berry, burnt caramel and rich vanilla. Only 175 cases were produced.
2012 Young’s Vyd. Shenandoah Valley Petite Sirah -- $28
Property purchased by Annette Young in 1992. Winemaker Nancy Steel gave this Petite an extra 12 months of barrel age and while it is still a big wine, it now has an elegance and maturity with flavors of black olive, leather and cola. This vintage produced only 120 cases.
2012 Scott Harvey Amador County J&S Reserve Barbera-- $35
Along with Zinfandel, Barbera is one of the most sought after wines in Amador County. The J&S reserve designation stands for Jana and Scott Harvey, veterans of the California wine industry. Scott’s new winery reflects his recent return to the Amador wine scene. His Barbera’s rich full flavors express both the varietal and the local terrior. Tasting notes feature cherries, pepper and blackberry with a bright center finishing with vanilla and spice. 647 cases produced.
2012 Turley Amador County “Judge Bell” Zinfandel – $36
In 2012 Larry Turley of prestigious single vineyard Zinfandel fame purchased Karly Wines, a small Amador County producer that focused on Zinfandel. Turley’s 2012 “Judge Bell” Zin has the characteristic Amador bramble, structure and red fruit. Since Turley’s new winery is located on Bell Road, they named the wine for the eponymous (and notorious) “hanging” Judge Bell, who supposedly presided over the area during its Gold Rush days. About 500 cases were produced.