by Sergio Sismondo

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This winery is located on the east side of the St. Helena Highway, North of St. Helena, towards Calistoga. The tasting room is located in a remodeled house on top a small knoll. The atmosphere is informal, relaxed, friendly, and festive.

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We tasted a range of red wine new releases, including Cabernet-Sauvignon, Sangiovese, Syrah and a variety of Zinfandels made from Amador county fruit. Following is a list we compiled, with our ratings.

Cabernet-Sauvignon, Napa Valley, 2000 89
Cabernet-Sauvignon, Napa Valley, Reserve, 2000 90
Rose "Menage a Trois", 2004 86
Sangiovese, Napa Valley, 1999 88
Sangiovese, Napa Valley, 2001 88
Syrah, Lani's Vineyard, Amador Co., 2001 88
White "Menage a Trois" 2003 86
Zinfandel, Bowman Vineyard, Amador Co., 2000 88
Zinfandel, De Mille Vineyard, Amador Co., 2000 88
Zinfandel, Eschen Vinenard, Fiddletown, 1999 87
Zinfandel, Eschen Vinenard, Fiddletown, 2001 88
Zinfandel, Harvey Vineyard, Amador Co., 2001 89
Zinfandel, Wild Bunch Vineyard, Amador Co., Reserve, 2001 88

Our choice for the best value is the Harvey Vineyard Zinfandel Priced at $28, which we rated 89.

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This year we tasted a wide range of new releases, both red and white, a variety of Zinfandels, Merlot, Sangiovese, a Meritage white named "Menage a Trois", and the fine Frost Gewurztraminer of 1999. All the wines were good, and we rated them in the upper 80's and 90's.

  • Our choice for first place among the wines we tasted is the Zinfandel, Wild Bunch Vineyard, 2000, which is priced at $24 and we rated 91.
  • Our second preference went to the 1999 Bowman Vineyard Zinfandel, from the Shenandoah Valley, Amador County. It is priced at $22 and we rated 89.
  • Our "Best value for money" choice goes to the White Blend, "Menage a Trois", 2001, which is priced at $15 and which received our rating of 88.
  • The various Zinfandels we sampled are included in the extensive Zinfandel listing in this web site, in the section "Wine Listings / California - Zinfandel".

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