Karly Wines

209-245-3922 11076 Bell Road
Plymouth, CA 95669
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Like fine cooking, wine can be no better than the ingredients. Wine grape growing in Amador County dates back to the 1850’s, in fact one legendary vineyard in the locale dates back to those days and is still producing. There are about half dozen old and fabled Zinfandel vineyards in the area and Karly has access to several. For almost thirty years we have been privileged to make wine from the Sadie Upton vineyard planted by Sadie in 1922, and the Massoni vineyard planted in 1947 and now owned by Sue Fox. These vineyards are featured individually in our “Warrior Fires” and “Sadie Upton” bottlings. While the above fabled vineyards are at the top of our wine lineup, we have made some nice discoveries through our twenty year experimentation with grape varieties native to the warmer Mediterranean region of France, Italy and Spain. Some of these varieties have done well in our granite soils. Thus a very interesting sector of our wines consists of Petite Sirah, Syrah, Mourvedre, Marsanne, Grenache Read more »

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  • Petite Sirah

    History of the grape: Petite Syrah is often confused with its parent grape, Syrah, but it has been identified as a se...

  • Zinfandel

    Parentage of the grape: Crljenak to Austria to America. In the 1970s, claims surfaced that the Italian Primitivo is l...

  • Sauvignon Blanc

    Sauvignon Blanc is widely grown in California -- at over 15,000 acres, it’s now the third most planted variety -- and...

  • Syrah

    The irony here is that Syrah’s origins could give Carmen Sandiego a run for her international wallet. Syrah’s deepest...

  • Marsanne

    Avilleran, Champagne Piacentina, Ermitage, Grosse Roussette, Hermitage, Johannisberg, Marsan Belyi, Marsanne Blanche,...

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  • Misery loves company.  But it was fitting to go from Dino to the pan-Ital wines of Amador County.  (I've got a theory about how "Italian Americans" came to be viewed as folks you want to socialize with instead of suspicious foreigners with individual regional identities, and Dino fits into it.)OT, the Turley room was still showing on the map as ... Read More

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  • "When the moon hits your eye/like a big pizza pie/that's amore."As we ate our breakfast on Sunday morning at the Imperial Hotel in Amador City, the soundtrack subtly changed.  Last night at dinner and halfway through breakfast, the soundtrack was from the same era, but Sam Cooke sent us, and Ray Charles warned us about women.  This morning, with... Read More

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  • Karly Zinfandel Amador County Pokerville 2010


    This 2010 is lighter than the rich 2009. It is characterized by cherry and cinnamon but the fruit is a bit shy. It has some rough edges but is still enjoyable. My rating -- 85 Read More

    Wine review by Zuiko

  • Karly Zinfandel Amador County Pokerville 2009


    Their 2009 Pokerville is much improved over the 2007. This wine is more extracted, with tar, cinnamon,spice and berry. Dark in color but not port-like. Has soft tannins and is easy to like. A classic, big style Amador Zin. My rating 90. A steal at $9. 14.5% Alc but no hotness or over ripeness. Read More

    Wine review by Zuiko

  • Well, I am headed back up to Amador County (plymouth, ca)  for wine tasting after several years.  It is not my first choice in wine regions, but a friend wants to visit.   I see, that in my absence, that several new wineries have popped up there.... and it is not still all Zin and Viogner.  I was doing some research, and it appears there are mor... Read More

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  • Karly Zinfandel Amador County Pokerville 2009


    This is brimming with rich black fruit and bramble aromas that hint at some spice herb notes over a base of pepper. Very plump on entry, this is a soft wine that is smooth and polished. A bed of super fine tannins and decent acidity help to support rich, slightly chewy black cherry fruit that shows an attractive early spice note. Slightly more m... Read More

    Wine review by Gregory Dal Piaz

  • Karly Zinfandel Amador County Pokerville 2005


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    Wine review by nebulous84

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  • Karly Zinfandel Amador County Buck's Ten Point 2006


    Big fan of Foothills wines and Zin is the claim to fame. This is a great standard Amador style Zin, easy drinking but with substantial spice and fruit balance. Read More

    Wine review by andie1

  • Karly Zinfandel Amador County Pokerville 2003


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    Wine review by hhunter

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