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Amador County AVA
Amador County old vine zinfandel vineyards


Amador County is renowned for producing California's finest old vine Zinfandel wines, some of them crafted from 19th-century Zinfandel vines. It was in Amador County that Zinfandel was first introduced and it was in this renowned region that Zinfandel saw it's rebirth. Amador County is divided into two appellations, Shenandoah Valley and Fiddletown.

Located in the western foothills of the Sierra Nevada mountain range in central California, Amador County Zinfandel vineyards are planted on the rolling hillsides that range between 1,200-2,00 feet. The decomposed granite and sandy clay loam soils, unique to the Sierra Nevada region, retains the modest annual rainfall, allowing the vineyards to be dry-farmed. Many the Zinfandel vineyards date back to the 1850s and are planted on their own roots or self-regulating rootstocks, resulting in low crop yields. This, combined with good sun exposure, ensures full maturation of the Zinfandel grapes. While Amador County boasts a warm climate, the warm days give way to the cool evening breezes coming down from the Sierras. This rapid cooling helps the Zinfandel grapes retain the acidity essential when creating balanced wines.

View Brass Tacks 2004 Amador County Zinfandel.


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