Noceto is a Sierra Foothills’ Sangiovese specialist but does a nice job with Barbera as well, this wine being well-integrated, not heavy-handed (13.8%) with a deft balance between acidity and fruit, mostly sweet cherry and blueberry. Very good.
A hugely oaky, tannic Chianti-styled wine, mostly Sangiovese, that can use some more time in bottle to soften, its tannins still grippy and chewy. But clearly this is a heady wine that’ll show plenty of personality and pairing possibilities with time.
Crisp and lemony with a full, honeyed and rich finish, this Portuguese white made out of the Sierra Foothills screams for seafood. If you’ve never tasted a California Verdelho, this would be a good place to start.
The Amador Zin specialist is offering its first ever Grenache here, a tremendous debut, super light in color and texture, lightly rendered to show off its layers of delicate violet and raspberry amid a meatier backbone of lurking anise and herbs. With 9% Mourvedre and 5% Syrah, this is a light red worth seeking out.
A very elegant wine, made Cabernet-style, it begins with pretty berry and spice aromas. Round, rich in fruit and dry. Sturdy but accessible tannins complete the picture. Editors’ Choice.