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The Contra Costa County AVA is located within the San Francisco Bay region of California’s Central Coast. They say Contra Costa was “Napa before there was Napa,” referring to the region’s illustrious past into the early 20th century. But like much of California’s regions, the Prohibition and then the Great Depression forced many wineries to turn to other crops, walnuts being the most popular. Once the country was in economic recovery mode, this area near the Oakland Hills, so close to San Francisco, became known as a suburban Mecca. 

Though recently, due to very favorable climate conditions and soil types, vineyard planting has been on the rise. One major asset to the region is the sandy soil that many of the old vines were planted in was largely resistant to Phylloxera, so a fair amount of very old Zinfandel vines are still in use. Rhone grapes such as Syrah and Mourvedre (a.k.a. Mataro) are also popular, as well as Cabernet Sauvignon. ~Amanda Schuster
 
– Description from Amanda Schuster

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Reviews of Contra Costa Wines

  • Three Wine Company Carignane 2011

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    No written review

    Wine review by anstett


  • Cline Cellars Cashmere 2013

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    The additional mourvedre (53%) shows through in this vintage with a good tannic bite. My preference would be for something more in the 20% range. Read More

    Wine review by RandyFisher


  • Concannon Vineyard Reserve Cabernet Sauvignon Livermore Valley 2011

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    Luscious and elegant aromas are earthy and slightly herbaceous, full of deep dark black fruit, green bell pepper and black cherry. Explosive flavors are ripe, juicy and powerful with black cherry, black licorice, black olive, blackberry preserves, and leather. Clove and cinnamon grace the long finish. Read More

    Wine review by Snooth Editorial


  • Wente Vineyards Cabernet Sauvignon Livermore Valley 2010

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    Cabernets are among our very favorite, so disappointed is mild compared to the bitter after taste of this 2011 vintage. The bouquet resembled acetone; we ended up discarding the rest of the bottle. Read More

    Wine review by chesterbrewmeister


  • Three Wine Carignane Lucchesi Vineyard Contra County 2010

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    Zinn like very full body Read More

    Wine review by tdskier


  • Darcie Kent Vineyards Merlot Livermore Valley 2011

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    No written review

    Wine review by Mr Dolce


  • Mcgrail Vineyards and Winery Chardonnay 2012

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    No written review

    Wine review by Mr Dolce


  • Bedrock Wine Co. Evangelho Vineyard Heritage 2012

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    Whoa, very fruity on introduction to the tongue--lots of raspberry, some acidic tropical hints like, maybe, papaya, maybe even some citrus. Noticeable sweetness around the edge of the tongue. Not a particularly "jammy" Zin. Medium bodied, easy to drink by itself, but it might be a challenge for some food pairings. US$30.00 from the winery. Read More

    Wine review by EMark


  • Cline Cellars Carignane Ancient Vines 2010

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    My 2/8, the groups 2/8 A bit jammy on the nose with lots of sour cherry fruit and creamy oak but this also shows some complexity with notes of leather, milk chocolate, vanilla and juniper. Rather large scaled in the mouth, this is smooth, rich with soft tannins, and hints of woody spice herbs, and sweet vanilla all wrapping up a core of clack c... Read More

    Wine review by Gregory Dal Piaz


  • Cline Cellars Zinfandel Big Break 2011

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    Another pretty colored wine--darker purply-red. Interesting complex nose--volatile, some berry fruit, some earthiness. Very pleasant introduction to the palate. Another one that gets past the tip of the tongue before any blackberry fruit is detected. Seems to have a silky smooth mouth feel. Very mild tannin. Sharp acid tang on the back pal... Read More

    Wine review by EMark


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