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This is not a simple, over-wooded, high-alcohol/over-the-top wine, that you often find from the Foothill region. It shows a reflection of place, it is suited for the table, and is fun to drink. This is one of our most popular wines in the tasting room at the winery. Try it with most tomato preparations. It is great with pork, lamb, and rabbit.
Our 2010 EASTON Estate Zinfandel flavors are full, rich, smooth, and gutsy. The wine has huge brambly blackberry fruit, big cedar, spice box aromas and flavors. It has a smooth creamy finish from aging in François Frères and Taransaud barrels (1/3 new). 2012 was a relatively normal year in the Sierra Foothills and the Shenandoah Valley.
“92 points” - Wine Enthusiast, November 2015
Color is dark purple, with complex aromas of cedar, tobacco, and asian spice box. The fruit is blackberry/cassis/olive with a pleasant St. Julien-like texture, mineral-infused flavors, and sappiness. The wine has good balance, intensity, a plush texture, and length. It is a youngster now and slow to open, which bodes well for age ability. We think this is the best Cabernet Sauvignon we have made from this site to date.
Pinot Noir in the Sierra Foothills? This cool mountain vineyard was grafted in 2007 to 5 different clones of pinot that produce lovely fruit for Bill's elegant pinot noir. Saver this wine with salmon, coq au vin, or Thanksgiving turkey.
“91 points” - Wine Enthusiast, October 2015
“90 points” California Grapevine, July 2015
This is our most elegant Zinfandel, made from organic grapes grown at 2000' in Fiddletown. Perfect for backyard BBQs and picnics.
It shows great spicy aromatics, delicious boysenberry fruit flavors, and a fascinating mineral laden finish from the vineyards schist-laden hillside.
Why "E"? "E" stands for: EASTON, ecological techniques, estate-grown, elevation, and exquisite.
“93 points” - Wine Enthusiast, October 2015
The Rinaldi Vineyard in Fiddletown dates back to 1865, and is one of the oldest in the state. This 2012 has thick brambly blackberry fruit with pepper, anise, clove, and other exotic spices. Fat and mouth-filling with great persistence on the palate. Like all our EASTON Zinfandels, this wine was aged in exclusively French oak. The 2012 vintage will hold well for 5-10 years.
TOP 100 WINE - #45 "The Wine Spectator"
92 Points, "Smart Buy" The Wine Spectator
"This epitomizes fine Sierra Foothills Zinfandel, offering vibrant, briary raspberry, smoked pepper and wild sweet anise flavors that stretch out on the zesty finish. Drink now through 2023."
91 Points, "Editor's Choice" The Wine Enthusiast
"A velvety texture and extremely concentrated black-fruit flavors make this full-bodied wine delicious to savor. It has beautiful big tannins that are well integrated, luxurious blackberry, sage and cedar flavors, plus great length on the finish."
This is a new style of Amador County Zinfandel for us that is made in an older historic-style reminiscent of wines from 1852 when Zin first arrived in California. The grapes were partially-crushed, partially whole-cluster, and fermented in a closed tank where there was some carbonic fermentation. This created an enjoyable and quaffable Zinfandel that has a beautiful floral quality. It also shows savory notes of violet, mountain sage, and yerba buena. Drink it at a cooler temperature than you might normally drink red wine, even a little chilled on a warm day.
Bill's House red, "H", is perfect for summer barbecues and pizza night! He blends about 2/3 Syrah and 1/3 Cabernet from our estate vineyards to create a drinkable quaffer that is his homage to Côtes de Provençe.