Sierra Foothills Zinfandel |
Located east of Sacramento in the foothills of the Sierra Nevada mountains, this region includes Amador, Calaveras, El Dorado, Mariposa, Nevada, Placer, Tuolumne, and Yuba Counties. Its colorful Gold Rush tales and long agricultural history make this a fascinating Zinfandel area to explore. Some of the earliest documented Zinfandel vineyards were planted here between 1852 and 1869, and some still survive today, protected by their remote locations. Vineyards in the Sierra Foothills possess unique decomposed granite soils that are found nowhere else in the world. Nearly all of the Zinfandel vineyards here are at fairly high elevation (from 1,200 to 3,500 feet) which places them above the fog and gives access to sunshine.
Grapes tend to be picked later here than in coastal regions, so the wines are deeply colored, with bright forward fruit, jammy, ripe black raspberry flavors, and a strong black cherry, verging on cola, character. There is an intensity of color, aroma, tannin, and flavor. Aromas are often described as cocoa, briary spice, licorice, mint, chocolate, cedar, and tobacco.