Vineyard & Varietal Information
At Terra d’Oro, Zinfandel is what we do best. Shallow topsoils, granite hardpan,
hot summer days, and cool summer nights make a fabulous home for our favorite
varietal. Hand selected every year from our prestigious Amador vineyards, Terra
d’Oro Amador County Zinfandel is the flagship of our Zinfandel program. We
head train and spur prune the Terra d'Oro vineyards for optimum sunlight and
At Terra d’Oro, our Zinfandel vineyards are carefully handpicked and brought to
the winery for processing. After being put into a hopper, about fifteen gallons
of juice per ton of grapes is removed. The grapes are then destemmed and
crushed and the must is sent to tanks where it is left to cold soak for up to three
days. This allows a primary extraction where water acts as a solvent and breaks
down the cell walls of the grape solids, extracting flavors, color, and aromas. The
fermentors are drained and returned three times, resulting in more extraction
than merely pumping over the tanks. After gentle tank pressing, the wine was
aged in a combination of Hungarian, French and American oak for 16 months.
This savory Zinfandel displays vibrant aromas of rich, spicy clove and big, generous fruit with hints of vanilla that entice the nose. An abundance of plums and flavors of dense, juicy blackberries excites the senses with a round mouthfeel of well-integrated tannins on the finish. This wine is rich and powerful, and incredibly well-balanced. The Terra d’Oro Amador Zinfandel is enjoyable on its own, and especially complements anything barbecued.