By Duane Pemberton
Amador County is an often over-looked region of Northern California and I think that’s mostly due to a lack of good marketing on their part. Sure, Napa is still the king when it comes to branding but Amador really does produce some elegant wines.
- Vintage: 2010
- Wine Type: Medium Red Wine
- Varietal Composition: 78% Mourvedre, 22% Syrah,
- Appellation: Amador County
- PH: 3.68
- Ageability: 5 – 7 years
- Bottling Date: January 5, 2010
- Residual Sugar: 0.01
- Alcohol %: 13.9
- Price: $24
Nose: Cigar-laced cherries, raspberries and strawberry. I also get notes of dark chocolate, charred bell pepper, black pepper, rhubarb and a touch of big league chew.
Taste: This is very much a laid-back kind of mouvedre – think old world. Good fruit, beautiful acid and completely mellow – food-friendly. It’s a wine that invites you to take it all in and hit it like the fist of an angry god when you pair it with savory, beef, lamb or game-based dishes. It’s clearly not a wine for most “new-world” fans who enjoy an abundance of oak and out-of-balance wines.