Karmère Vineyards & Winery

209-245-5000 11970 Shenandoah Road
Plymouth, CA 95669
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KARMÈRE VINEYARDS AND WINERY OF SHENANDOAH VALLEY is a result of five generations of farming and a love of the land and rural life. Marilyn K Hoopes, co-founder of Karmère, grew up in Teton Valley, Idaho on a potato farm on the Teton river in full view of the Grand Tetons. In l978, at age twenty-six, she moved to Amador County and fell in love with the bucolic Shenandoah Valley. She also fell in love with Todd Pickens who had recently moved from the Bay area and prior from L.A. to Amador County to become a "back to the lander." They made their home in Jackson, California and in l990 bought their first piece of property in Shenandoah Valley: a seventeen acre parcel adjacent to Terre Rouge. This is their home place. In l994, they completed an IRS 1031 real property trade and obtained the eighty-nine acre Jameson Ranch where the winery and tasting facility now exists. The name "Karmère" (car-mare) is in honor of Marilyn's mother Karma Hoopes: "mère" is the French word for mother. Since the land exchanged Read more »

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  • Gewürztraminer

    Gewürztraminer’s direct and obvious charm has made it a popular varietal in almost every corner of the wine world. Ex...

  • Chardonnay

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

  • Zinfandel

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

  • Grüner Veltliner

    Grüner Veltliner (spelled Gruener when the umlaut is not present and also known as Weissgipfler, Manhardsrebe Grüner...

  • Pinot Noir

    “With so voluptuous a perfume, so sweet an edge, they make the blood run hot,” Joel Fleischman, wine columnist at Van...

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  • Von Winning Riesling 2012

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    Wine review by William Miller


  • Villa Wolf Gewurztraminer 2012

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    Wine review by Ennis1


  • J Cuvée Xb NV

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    New offeringTwo to three years, 4grDusty, steely, firm nose shows hints of toast, chalk, dried pear and dried flowers. Wonderfully tense, and snappy in the mouth this offers up mineral driven flavors laced with hints of dried herbs, polleny flowers and gorgeous yeasty notes that support a core of dried apple and pear fruit. gentle and delicate... Read More

    Wine review by Gregory Dal Piaz


  • Vasse Felix White Blend Margaret River Sauvignon Blanc/Sémillon 2012

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    AUD$16. A blend of 67% Sauvignon Blanc and 33% Semillon. Clear, pale straw yellow colour. Youthful aromas, slightly grassy with the clear presence of gooseberry, passionfruit, green apple and Thai green mango. A medium-bodied white wine, high steely acidity, 12% alc. Ripe flavours of lemon-lime citrus, bitey apple and a sprinkle of finely choppe... Read More

    Wine review by Terence Pang


  • Villa Creek Willow Creek Cuvée 2005

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    Crimson in the glass. Roasty, earthy nose of dried red fruits and skins of red and black plum, blackberry. Some aromas of incense and tar with charred wood and earth. Fruit aromas are diminishing with only dried fruits remaining. Lots of violet aromas. Nicely balanced entry on the palate with great tannin and acid structure. Fruit remains ... Read More

    Wine review by VegasOenophile


  • Thummerer Egri Cuvée Tréfli Thummerer Vilmos Rode Wijnen 2005

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    Rich yet balanced and smooth Read More

    Wine review by Piney Woods


  • Bella Zinfandel Big River Ranch 2009

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    Oaky and dark on the nose with notes of fudge, dried fruits and mocha all topped with a eucalyptus edge. Rich and mouth-filling, this is a touch soft in the mouth and has many of the same slightly dried fruit- and amber-toned flavors that were apparent with the nose. The fruit on the back end is lean with some sour cherry notes, but is overshado... Read More

    Wine review by Gregory Dal Piaz


  • Altaïr Vineyards & Winery Red Bordeaux Blend Cachapoal Valley Altaïr 2003

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  • Altaïr Vineyards & Winery Red Bordeaux Blend Cachapoal Valley Altaïr 2005

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  • Grüner Veltliner Smaragd Weissenkirchen 2009

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    This is beautifully pungent with green herb notes flanked by fennel, dried lemon peel, grapefruit and a hint of pink peppercorn. Big on entry and a touch soft, the acidity here takes a moment to assert itself before adding a nice mineral inflection to the grapefruit pith and pear fruit of the palate. With air more mineral emerges, particularly o... Read More

    Wine review by Gregory Dal Piaz


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