El Dorado Wine

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This is Gold Rush country...home of the Mother Lode! But these days, this storied region is cashing in on a new crop. This appellation seems to be the new promised land for aspiring California wine makers. The fortunes of this unique AVA are dictated by its elevation, with allowable vineyard land situated between 1,200-3,500 feet. Vineyards above 2,000-feet, resting on high-acid, magma-based soils, enjoy four distinct seasons. Rising above the fog line, El Dorado experiences eastern breezes from the Sierra Nevada Mountains, which force hot daytime air into the valley below. Land remains affordable and provides all of the attributes for successful grape cultivation. By far the most planted grape in this region is Zinfandel, however, the more profitable Cabernet Sauvignon and Merlot are both gaining ground, and the wineries that call this appellation home are now experimenting with classic Rhone varietals as well. – Description from Appellation America (view original content)

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Varietals Produced in El Dorado View all

  • Merlot

    The Occitanian word “merlot” translates to “young blackbird.” An accurate description for this popular, early-budding...

  • Palomino

    History of the grape: Palomino is split into three types: Palomino Fino, Palomino de Jerez and Palomino Basto. All of...

  • Chardonnay

    British wine writer and critic, Jancis Robinson, once noted that throughout the 80’s and 90’s in the United States, C...

  • Cabernet Sauvignon

    “King of the Red Wine Grapes.” The colonizer of the vineyards, pushing native wine grapes into its shadows. The Caber...

  • 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...

Popular Wineries in El Dorado View all

  • Givich Vineyards

    Making wines for the enjoyment of others has been both a science and a craft at Givich Vineyards ...

  • High View Vineyards

    In 2000, the Knutzons and Giniers joined together to pursue their vision of developing a vineyard...

  • Due Vigne

    Due Vigne di Famiglia is a family-owned winery dedicated to growing the finest quality Cabernet S...

  • Holly's Hill Vineyards

    Holly's Hill is completely focused on producing Rhone varietal wines. In fact, the estate vineyar...

  • Shadow Ranch

    In the Heart of El Dorado’s Fair Play Region nestled in the Sierra Foothills is the Shadow ...

  • Lava Cap Winery

    Lava Cap Winery is a family owned and operated winery in the beautiful Sierra Foothills of Califo...

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El Dorado on Snooth

  • Renwood Old Vine Zinfandel 2004

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    imported from danceforme. Read More

    Wine review by salomogt


  • Pruett Taylor's Reserve Estate Syrah 2012

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    Very dark in the glassnot quite Petite Sirah dark, but still. It even has a dark nosedark fruits, prunes, some mustiness. On the tongue Im getting some blackberry, but its not really much of a hit. There is more earthiness or dustiness than fruit. However, this wine is a mouthful. Very full bodied. I like it, but it loses points because of... Read More

    Wine review by EMark


  • Obsession Symphony White Grape California Ironstone Mo 2008

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    Wine review by marymarchell


  • Sobon Estate Zinfandel Amador County Old Vine 2014

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    Spicy strawberry and raspberry aromas with a dusty earthiness underneath. Bright and cheerful cherry and strawberry notes on the palate with soft mixed berry fruit and zesty baking spice filling the mid palate. On the finish there's a drying tannic skid and a bit of smoke that plays against more tart fruit and a touch of herb. Read More

    Wine review by Snooth Editorial


  • Miraflores Estate Zinfandel El Dorado 2011

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    Full bodied and delicious. Read More

    Wine review by gvamd


  • Vinum Cellars the Scrapper Cabernet Franc 2011

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    Darkly rich red currant and raspberry fruit aromas with good baking spice and black pepper and a slight note of varietally correct green herb. Nicely rich and full in the mouth, this is fruity and full bodied, showing a lot of spicy acidity, good earthiness from the chew of the tannins, and bright raspberry and black cherry fruit. Read More

    Wine review by Snooth Editorial


  • Being a fan of Jolie-Laide and being that we have been drinking a lot of whites ... Barsotti Vineyard, Gamay, El Dorado 2015 - $30   LOVE this wine. berry-bright, lip-smacking acidity, just delicious Gamay. 18 bottles left… and that number keeps ticking down…         Psst – last call on these two wines, also! Dirty and Rowdy, Familiar Blanc, Wh... Read More

    Forum post in the topic What have you bought lately?


  • The Pilot Hill Gang Cabernet/Merlot El Dorado County 2014

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    My 1st El Dorado Cnty cabbie. Not the big, rustic wine you'd expect though - finesse to go with a medium body requires layers of fruit, accenting spice and terrior. Earthy with blackberries, dark cherries, mint and pepper put forward a back palate pop at the end - food wine for sure. Drink now - Paul 89 points Read More

    Wine review by rckr1951


  • David Girard Vineyards Coda Rouge El Dorado 2012

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    Wine review by Tlparadise


  • David Girard Vineyards Coda Rouge El Dorado 2012

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    Beautiful and spicy red fruit aromas leap out of the glass with baking spice, raspberry and licorice framed by touches of soft clay and powdered sugar. Gorgeous in the mouth and quite delicate on entry, this starts out soft, round and full of cherry and raspberry notes, then takes on a bit of an edge, showing tart strawberry, spice, cinnamon and... Read More

    Wine review by Snooth Editorial


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