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Renwood Zinfandel Amador Ice 1998

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Aromas of blackberries, black cherries, and toasted oak. This wine explodes on the palate with firm tannins ending with a long, silky, vanilla, black fruit finish.

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Renwood Winery:
Surrounded by some of America’s oldest Zinfandel vineyards, Renwood Winery is located in the picturesque California foothills of the Sierra Nevada Mountains. Renwood produces world-class award winning wines from Amador County and the Sierra Foothills. Boston native Robert Smerling founded Renwood in 1993. Mr. Smerling fell in love with Amador County’s rich history and magnificent vineyards. A ... Read more
Surrounded by some of America’s oldest Zinfandel vineyards, Renwood Winery is located in the picturesque California foothills of the Sierra Nevada Mountains. Renwood produces world-class award winning wines from Amador County and the Sierra Foothills. Boston native Robert Smerling founded Renwood in 1993. Mr. Smerling fell in love with Amador County’s rich history and magnificent vineyards. A plan was set in place to build one of America’s premier Zinfandel wineries. Mr. Smerling brought together a group of professional investors who helped him found the company. Wine production has grown from 2,500 cases in 1993 to over 100,000 cases today. The critics all agree Renwood produces consistently exceptional wines covering the spectrum from big, bold, jammy Zins to wonderfully balanced Syrahs and Barberas. Today we produce over 18 different wines, including 2 Proprietary wines, 3 Vineyard Designated wines, 6 Amador County wines, 4 Red Label wines and 3 Dessert wines. With the introduction of our Red Label Series from our younger vines, Renwood has entered a new phase in its development. We are able to provide quality wine at reasonable prices to the wine by-the-glass trade and major floor displays in supermarkets and large retailers throughout the country. As part of the continuing expansion, Renwood acquired Santino Winery in 1995. Today, we have 50,000 square feet of production space in Plymouth. In addition to the Plymouth site, we have an Ione facility with 15,000 square feet of production space. Our Tasting Room and Hospitality Center are open daily from 10:30 to 5:30. Last year, Renwood entertained 40,000 visitors at our Tasting Room. You can find Renwood wines in all 50 states and 16 foreign countries. Renwood has been featured in Wine Spectator, Wine Enthusiast, Food & Wine Magazine, Touring & Tasting, Decanter, and many other magazines. Renwood has been awarded top medals at world wine competitions including California State Fair, Los Angeles County Fair, San Francisco International Wine Competition, Hilton Head Wine Festival, Atlanta Wine Challenge and many more worldwide. Our flagship wine, Renwood Grandpère® Zinfandel comes from the oldest clone of Zinfandel in America dating back to the 1860’s. This unique wine has won worldwide acclaim, as Americas most loved Zinfandel! For more information, visit our website at www.renwood.com Read less
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External Reviews for Renwood Zinfandel Amador Ice

External Review
Source: WineGlobe.com
01/29/2009

Aromas of blackberries, black cherries, and toasted oak. This wine explodes on the palate with firm tannins ending with a long, silky, vanilla, black fruit finish.


External Review
Source: Premier Wine & Spirits
05/23/2011

You will find that the 1998 Renwood Grandpére Zinfandel is a classic example of what these renowned vineyards can provide - a rich, full-bodied wine with excellent length and depth of flavors including spicy bright berry fruit with chocolate and white pepper. It is an elegant wine with a well balanced mouth-feel and firm, yet supple, tannin structure.


External Review
Source: Premier Wine & Spirits
05/23/2011

The 1993 Grand Pere Vineyard Zinfandel offers a dark garnet/ruby purple color, decadent, sweet, earthy, cherry scents, a heavyweight, huge, full-bodied impact on the palate, an unctuous texture, and thick, viscous flavors that flow slowly across the palate. It is a dead-ringer for the 1975 Montevina Late Bottled, an Amador Zinfandel that remains remarkably fresh, fruity, and delicious at age twenty. I would opt for drinking the Grand Pere over the next 12-15 years. By the way, the 125-year old Grand Pere Vineyard is reputed to be the oldest Zinfandel vineyard in California.


External Review
Source: Premier Wine & Spirits
05/23/2011

The 1994 Grandpére offers an opaque purple color that resembles black ink. A compelling nose of old-vine black-cherries, black raspberries, earth, licorice, and pepper is an attention-grabber. This is an unctuoulsy-textured, low acid, extremely rich, ripe, dry Zinfandel that coats the mouth with amazing flavor extraction as well as silky richness. The finish lasts for 40-45 seconds. If readers admire huge, rich, yet well-balanced Zinfandels, this wine represents a tour de force in winemaking.


External Review
Source: Premier Wine & Spirits
05/23/2011

I dig the black pepper, cocoa, anise and stewed fruit bouquet, and the blueberry, blackberry and unsweetened chocolate palate profile. The mouthfeel is silky smooth, and a bit rich thanks to lots of caramel. The finish is a bit of a conundrum - there's big, sweet ripe berry fruit at first, but it ducks out before you know it and leaves you with a substantial amount of ash and black pepper. Not that pepper's a bad thing, but I do wish that I had some warning.


External Review
Source: Premier Wine & Spirits
05/23/2011

Ripe, with an array of rustic, wild berry, sage, tea, tar, anise and oak. Intense and tannic, but packed with flavor. Drink through 2004.


External Review
Source: Premier Wine & Spirits
05/23/2011

A ripe, spicy, zesty style that is a touch rustic and chunky, with herb, cherry, wild berry and tarry notes. Firms up and shows its tannic strength on the finish. Drink now through 2004.


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