Gold Medal at the San Francisco Chronicle Wine Competition! 90 points from Wine Enthusiast Magazine!
2016 Montepulciano, Martella Vineyard, Amador County. An Italian grape varietal that seems to be right at home, here in Amador county. The varietal originates from the D'Abruzzo region of Central East Italy where Much of the plantings can be found in the rolling hills and even more sloped terrain up into the mountains. The wine is highly colored with bright acidity and nicely layered tannins. Pomegranate and blueberry fruit, fresh thyme, rose petal and just a touch of oak that lends a vanilla wafer-like character and spicy clove.
"In California, this Italian grape variety makes flavorful, dark-colored wines that taste good and rich without carrying too much tannin or alcohol. This black-cherry scented and fleshy wine is a good example. With ripe fruit and good balance, it will be a versatile crowd-pleaser." Jim Gordon, Wine Enthusiast Magazine