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A bold, fruit-forward wine, the Terra d’Oro 2017 Home Vineyard Zinfandel pairs nicely with comfort food such as a juicy burger topped with aged cheddar and Applewood smoked bacon

Variety: Zinfandel
Region:  Amador County, California
Winemaker: Terra d’Oro Winery
Size: 750 ml
Alcohol: 14.5%

Winemaker's Notes

The Terra d’Oro Home Vineyard Zinfandel opens with sweet aromas of caramel, cocoa, plums, baking spice, cherry pie, olive and red fruit notes. The palate opens with an elegant entry leading to a juicy core of red raspberries and black cherry. The finish is long with silky refined tannins and hints of mocha

John's Notes

You’re right – this is the third day in a row featuring a Zinfandel; each from quality and environmental-minded producers but from different parts of California (North Coast, Central Coast, and Central Valley).  Accordingly each has a noticeably different style, structure, and flavor profile based on the vineyard’s micro-climate and producer’s winemaking techniques.  If you’re looking for a challenge, pour them side by side in a blind, and see if you can tell which one is from where

Nerdy Details

Winemaker:  Terra d’Oro Winery, winemaker Emily Haines

  • Amador’s first winery established after Prohibition was founded in 1970 by renowned winemaker Cary Gott, and he released the first wines under the Terra d’Oro label in 1973
  • Today, Terra d’Oro is acclaimed for its elegant red wines and aromatic white wines, all crafted from our 800+ acres of sustainably farmed vineyards in Amador County and the Clarksburg AVA
  • The name Terra d’Oro (Italian for “land of gold”) perfectly reflects the Amador region’s richness of its history, its natural resources and its wines

Variety:  Zinfandel

Region: Amador County, California


  • The Amador County AVA is synonymous with Zinfandel and other rich reds such as Barbera and Petite Sirah, with good reason. The area’s elevation and its iron-rich volcanic and granite soils produce small yields of intensely flavored fruit. During the growing season, the days are warm, but thanks to the cooling influence of the surrounding Sierra Nevada mountains, the difference between daytime highs and nighttime lows can be as much as 40 degrees. This range keeps the fruit’s sugar and acid in perfect balance, resulting in beautifully complex wines
  • With early heat spikes and a wet winter leading up to harvest, the Home Vineyard Zinfandel was able to ripen evenly across the field


  • Planted in 1977, our Home Vineyard is 100% sustainably farmed and comprises a mere 4 acres of the Terra d’Oro estate’s 800 acres of vines
  • The vineyard is surrounded by mature Valley Oak trees with extremely deep roots that monopolize the water supply, causing the grapevines to compete for nutrients. As the vines struggle, they focus their limited energy on creating robust, intensely flavored Zinfandel grapes
  • Home Vineyard differs from typical Zinfandel vineyards in that it produces loose clusters with round berries, allowing the grapes to ripen uniformly. Zinfandel wines from this vineyard are exceptionally soft with a plush structure


  • Handpicked in the early hours of the morning, grapes for this wine were de-stemmed and lightly crushed, remaining on the skins for a total of 14 days to extract vivid color, flavor and tannin from the fruit
  • Grapes were fermented in stainless steel before being aged in a combination of French and Hungarian oak barrels, 30 percent of which were new

Alcohol:  14.5%

pH: 3.75

Pairs Well With:  Bacon burgers, sausage and pepperoni pizza, short ribs


Wine Enthusiast (91): This wine tastes like ripe berries and black pepper and has a great structure of fruit acidity and firm tannins that make it appetizing. Dried cherries, cured beef and a whiff of dried herbs create good complexity in the aromas and flavors.  Jim Gordon 8/1/19

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