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AVA, in Amador County, was settled in 1849 and quickly became a supply centre for the surrounding gold mining camps. However, when the gold began to disappear, so did the people. Settlers had planted vines, which were abundant by the late 1800s. After this section of the Mother Lode experienced mass exodus, it was not until the early 1970s that Fiddletown’s loam soil sported vines again. Today, most of the vineyards are on the region’s southern and western hills. They produce grapes that are less forceful in alcohol with more elegant fruit character than the rest of the valley. The appellation is responsible for about 20% of Amador's production. Sitting between 1,500-2,500 feet elevation, this appellation was recognized as distinct from its surroundings by the BATF in November, 1983. – Description from Appellation America (view original content)

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  • Grenache

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  • Barbera

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  • Viognier

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  • Mourvèdre

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  • Syrah

    The irony here is that Syrah’s origins could give Carmen Sandiego a run for her international wallet. Syrah’s deepest...

  • Zinfandel

    Parentage of the grape: Crljenak to Austria to America. In the 1970s, claims surfaced that the Italian Primitivo is l...

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  • Okay, I get to take two quick trips this month.  First, we go to San Luis ... or two more in the Plymouth/Fiddletown area. so we're looking at some of the bigger (Montevino) and smaller (CG diArie) but we're looking for suggestions.  (Anything but Renwood--I haven't had a wine of theirs that I really liked.)  I'm hoping to send off emails to a... Read More

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  • Renwood Zinfandel Fiddletown 2011

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    Nutty oak and almond aromas greet the nose over a base of plum and black cherry fruit. Rich, chewy and dark in the mouth with too much wood and vanilla for my palate though it is fairly well integrated with the black cherry fruit on the palate. The finish turns a bit candied again and shows both plenty of vanilla cream and increasingly aggressiv... Read More

    Wine review by Gregory Dal Piaz


  • Renwood Zinfandel Fiddletown 2011

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  • Sobon Estate Zinfandel Fiddletown 2011

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    A little tarry on the nose and spicy with cigar wrapper nuances and a fine oak overlay. In the mouth one finds nice blackberry fruit, bit of herb all nice and bright and zesty with good richness, good length, and impressive depth. Air brings out the tobacco on the palate along with that gentle spice note all layered under rather rich and juicy r... Read More

    Wine review by Gregory Dal Piaz


  • Sobon Estate Zinfandel Fiddletown 2011

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  • Easton Zinfandel Fiddletown 2010

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  • Easton Zinfandel Fiddletown 2010

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    Granite soil, no late heat, last vineyard picked, more severe Bright, floral, aromas and lots of crushed berry fruit emerge on the nose. In the mouth this is very pure and gently spicy with simple, fresh and juicy grapey fruit that ends with a nice long finish that shows some gentle tannin. 86pts Read More

    Wine review by Gregory Dal Piaz


  • Easton Zinfandel Old Vine Rinaldi Vineyard Fiddletown 2010

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    Dark in color and on the nose with old wood, earthy, dried flowers aromas wed to a core of very masculine, oily and dark fruit. Packed and smooth in the mouth with intensely briary, spicy and rich black cherry fruit and boysenberry flavors. This is a rich and complex wine with abundant ripe tannins, bright, juicy acids, and a long intense finish... Read More

    Wine review by Gregory Dal Piaz


  • Easton Zinfandel Old Vine Rinaldi Vineyard Fiddletown 2010

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  • Sobon Estate Zinfandel Amador County Rezerve 2008

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    Raspberry jammy flavors. Complex and smooth. Nice wine in its own or with a nice pasta. Read More

    Wine review by BeautifulCalamity


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