2015 Renwood Zinfandel, Fiddletown, Amador County, Sierra Foothills, California (750ml)

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Established in 1993 in Amador County in the Sierra Foothills just 80 miles east of Napa County, Renwood Winery is surrounded by the rolling hills and rushing streams of California’s gold country. In addition to old vine (at least 30 year old) Zinfandel sourced from both estate vineyards and other premier Amador County plots, Renwood produces Petite Sirah, Mourvedrè, Barbera and Alicante. Zinfandel is the primary focus and specifically, single-vineyard expressions; each vineyard source is specially selected to highlight unique soils, elevations, exposure and vine material to produce uniquely distinct wines such as this Fiddletown Zin from the small Fiddletown AVA, one of the highest elevation points in Amador County. Farmed by Ray Zanini, the tiny Fiddletown vineyard offers red, iron-rich, fine sandy loam soils and sits at an elevation of 1,750 feet; thus, the vines are well-drained and receive more direct sunlight than their valley floor counterparts as well as greater temperature drops at night, all factors conducive to producing deeply concentrated wines. Brimming with jammy fruit yet structured and focused, this 100% Zinfandel is wildly delicious and a perfect old vine expression! Aged for 18 months in 100% French oak, 30% of which is new, the nose offers a fragrant mix of stewed plums, dried fig, spicy black currant and butterscotch. The medium-full bodied palate is rich and velvety, showcasing seamlessly integrated tannins and a variety of warm baking spices such as clove, cinnamon and star anise. Thanks to the extreme diurnal temperature shifts which occur in the high elevation Fiddletown vineyard from where the fruit is sourced, a fresh acidity provides balance and finesse to an otherwise mouth coating wine. The finish seems to go on forever, ending on a slightly sweet and addictive chocolate-covered raisin note!

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