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Terra d'Oro Deaver Vyd. 130 Year Old Vine Zinfandel Amador 2015

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The fourteen acre piece of the Deaver Vineyard used to make Terra d'Oro Deaver Vineyard 130+ Year Old Vine Zinfandel was planted in 1881. As vines mature they produce less but more concentrated fruit. The dry farmed vine's roots continue to grow deeper into the soil as years pass and pull water and nutrients from multiple soil layers. The limited amount of fruit that does come off the vineyard is hand picked into small bins. Juice is bled from the hopper before crushing; this reduces the juice to skin ratio in order to get maximum extraction. After decades of working with the Deaver fruit they've isolated certain strains of yeast that bring the most effective fermentation. After gentle pressing the wine is aged 14 months in a careful selection of French and American oak barrels. They manage to squeeze out just about 400 cases of this rare juice. Wine Enthusiast Magazine said "This wine from one of Amador County’s legendary vineyards is structured, oaky and pleasantly dry. Toasty, peppery, grilled aromas and straightforward blackberry and raspberry fruit flavors are backed by firm tannins and acidity, lending the palate appetizing bite. While this vintage tastes tighter than the last two, expect it to mellow through 2020 at least." On Sale!

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External Reviews for Terra d'Oro Deaver Vyd. 130 Year Old Vine Zinfandel Amador

External Review
Source: WineExpress.com
01/18/2018

The fourteen acre piece of the Deaver Vineyard used to make Terra d'Oro Deaver Vineyard 130+ Year Old Vine Zinfandel was planted in 1881. As vines mature they produce less but more concentrated fruit. The dry farmed vine's roots continue to grow deeper into the soil as years pass and pull water and nutrients from multiple soil layers. The limited amount of fruit that does come off the vineyard is hand picked into small bins. Juice is bled from the hopper before crushing; this reduces the juice to skin ratio in order to get maximum extraction. After decades of working with the Deaver fruit they've isolated certain strains of yeast that bring the most effective fermentation. After gentle pressing the wine is aged 14 months in a careful selection of French and American oak barrels. They manage to squeeze out just about 400 cases of this rare juice. Wine Enthusiast Magazine said "This wine from one of Amador County’s legendary vineyards is structured, oaky and pleasantly dry. Toasty, peppery, grilled aromas and straightforward blackberry and raspberry fruit flavors are backed by firm tannins and acidity, lending the palate appetizing bite. While this vintage tastes tighter than the last two, expect it to mellow through 2020 at least." On Sale!


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Source: WineExpress.com
Vintage: 2014 03/08/2017

The fourteen acre piece of the Deaver Vineyard used to make Terra d’Oro Deaver Vineyard 130+ Year Old Vine Zinfandel was planted in 1881. As vines mature they produce less but more concentrated fruit. The dry farmed vine’s roots continue to grow deeper into the soil as years pass and pull water and nutrients from multiple soil layers. The limited amount of fruit that does come off the vineyard is hand picked into small bins. Juice is bled from the hopper before crushing; this reduces the juice to skin ratio in order to get maximum extraction. After decades of working with the Deaver fruit they've isolated certain strains of yeast that bring the most effective fermentation. After gentle pressing the wine is aged 14 months in a careful selection of French and American oak barrels. Wine Enthusiast Magazine scored this 91 points saying "Very soothing to sip, this is nevertheless a full-bodied wine with generous cherry, raspberry and almost-meaty flavors that flood the palate and spread to the edges of the mouth. The texture is broad and expansive, with only mild tannins." Very Limited!!


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Source: WineExpress.com
Vintage: 2014 09/22/2016

The fourteen acre piece of the Deaver Vineyard used to make Terra d’Oro Deaver Vineyard 130+ Year Old Vine Zinfandel was planted in 1881. As vines mature they produce less but more concentrated fruit. The dry farmed vine’s roots continue to grow deeper into the soil as years pass and pull water and nutrients from multiple soil layers. The limited amount of fruit that does come off the vineyard is hand picked into small bins. Juice is bled from the hopper before crushing; this reduces the juice to skin ratio in order to get maximum extraction. After decades of working with the Deaver fruit they've isolated certain strains of yeast that bring the most effective fermentation. After gentle pressing the wine is aged 14 months in a careful selection of French and American oak barrels. The 2013 scored 94 points. No scores yet for this 2014 but it has a deep garnet color with aromas of dark fruit, clove and spicy oak. The palate is focused with crisp and juicy layers of ripe blackberry, spicy plum and soft chewy tannins. It shows a classic balance of power and restraint. Very Limited!!


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Source: WineExpress.com
Vintage: 2013 02/23/2016

The fourteen acre piece of the Deaver Vineyard used to make Terra d’Oro Deaver Vineyard 130+ Year Old Vine Zinfandel was planted in 1881. As vines mature they produce less but more concentrated fruit. The dry farmed vine’s roots continue to grow deeper into the soil as years pass and pull water and nutrients from multiple soil layers. The limited amount of fruit that does come off the vineyard is hand picked into small bins. Juice is bled from the hopper before crushing; this reduces the juice to skin ratio in order to get maximum extraction. After decades of working with the Deaver fruit they've isolated certain strains of yeast that bring the most effective fermentation. After gentle pressing the wine is aged 14 months in a careful selection of French and American oak barrels. This 2013 is a "Cellar Selection" in Wine Enthusiast Magazine. They scored it 94 points and said "A multidimensional wine, this delicious example made from 130-year-old vines combines depth, breadth and length. It smells like ripe blackberries, tastes fruity and layered, feels luxurious and supple but at the same time firm in fine tannins and balanced by lively acidity. Medium to full bodied, it tastes great now and will improve through 2020. Cellar Selection." Very Limited!!


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Source: WineExpress.com
Vintage: 2012 12/12/2014

The fourteen acre piece of the Deaver Vineyard used to make Terra d’Oro Deaver Vineyard 130+ Year Old Vine Zinfandel was planted in 1881. As vines mature they produce less but more concentrated fruit. The dry farmed vine’s roots continue to grow deeper into the soil as years pass and pull water and nutrients from multiple soil layers. The limited amount of fruit that does come off the vineyard is hand picked into small bins. Juice is bled from the hopper before crushing; this reduces the juice to skin ratio in order to get maximum extraction. After decades of working with the Deaver fruit they've isolated certain strains of yeast that bring the most effective fermentation. After gentle pressing the wine is aged 14 months in a careful selection of French and American oak barrels. The 2012 Terra d’Oro Deaver Zinfandel has a deep garnet color with aromas of dark fruit, clove and spicy oak. The palate is focused with crisp and juicy layers of ripe blackberry, spicy plum and soft chewy tannins. It shows a classic balance of power and restraint. Very Limited!!



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