Mar 21 2014

2012 Barbera is Released

Estate grown barberaIt’s well known that the Shenandoah Valley Appellation is ground zero for great Barbera wines. Many of our neighbors have produced some stunning Barberas, and the area continues to receive more and more recognition for this variety.

We decided to plant Barbera vines in 2008 after getting tired of begging bottles of Barbera from our neighbors (or trading for our Aglianico). We planted 1.5 acres of vines and, now after 5 years, are excited to offer our first vintage of this great food wine. The official release was April 12, 2014.

Interesting side note – We lost a year of grapes due to the local Mule Deer’s attraction to young, tender Barbera leaves. Most of our other vines hardly suffered but the deer had a feast on the Barbera. Needless to say we triple-check our fencing for holes now. Continue reading

Mar 3 2014

Exciting New Wines

The new vintage of Katie’s Côte debuted on March 1st.  The blend of 66% Grenache and 34% Syrah was a big hit with our Behind the Cellar Door weekend participants.  Also released that weekend was the 2013 Rosato of Sangiovese –  our dry, fruity and flavorful 100% Sangiovese rose from estate vines.  Anticipation is growing for the release of Amador Foothill’s first Barbera, which will be at our 34th annual Open House, April 12 & 13, 2014.

Don’t just take our word for how good these wines are.  Follow this link to read a recent review of our current and upcoming releases by Dr. Vincenzo Caggiano, co-owner of Biba Ristorante in Sacramento.