Food Pairings for Ravenswood Amador County Zinfandel
Most of the grapes for this wine came from the Distasio Vineyard in Amador County’s Shenandoah Valley. Here in the Gold Country of the Sierra foothills, summer days are hot, often topping 100°, but the high-elevation nights are cool. As a result, Amador County grapes usually have no trouble ripening and maintain zippy acids. Decomposed granite soils rich in iron and cinnabar add to the fruit’s distinctive quality. And the ‘06 vintage was quite good. As Joel says, it’s “very Amador,” with cherry cola on the front palate backed up with high-toned berry character, lots of spice and dry tannins in the background. A sophisticated, high-falutin’ quaff that an old 49er would have enjoyed in the fancy front parlor. And that we’re sure you’ll enjoy wherever you decide to savor your Eureka moment.