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2011 Andis Wines Primitivo
2010 Andis Wines Painted Fields
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About Andis Wines
Opened in November of 2010, Andis Wines is a modern boutique winery located in historic Amador County in the heart of California’s beautiful Sierra Foothills. Our focus: seeking out the best vineyards in the Sierra Foothills to craft delicious wines with balance, character and complexity. All of our fruit is hand sorted and fermented in small lots to promote diversity of style and varietal correctness. Using both traditional and innovative winemaking approaches, Andis Wines have quickly garnered 90+ point scores in Wine Spectator and Wine Enthusiast, glowing reviews in print and online media, and placements in some of the finest restaurants in Northern California and Hawaii.
Our building is a state-of-the-art winemaking facility built with a “green” design. The spacious tasting room offers picturesque vineyard views of surrounding Amador wine country with comfortable picnic areas to spend time with family and friends. Our contemporary design, gracious staff, and commitment to making superior wines make Andis a must-stop on your Amador wine tasting adventure.
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The lineup for this tasting:
2011 Andis Wines Primitivo – SRP $25
While recent research has indicated Primitivo is genetically identical to Zinfandel, what we see in the winemaking process is a grape that behaves like Zinfandel’s more mature and sophisticated cousin. Rich with all the attributes we love about Zin, dense fruit, big structure, complex finish, it also consistently has spectacular color and very silky tannins. Quickly becoming one of our favorites, we’ve found there are few occasions or pairings where this Primitivo doesn’t shine. The 2011 vintage was sourced from the wonderful Shenandoah Valley vineyard farmed by Art Toy. It possesses aromas of blueberry and black cherry, accented by a hint of mint and cedar. Medium bodied with a core of jammy fruit and soft silky tannins, it finishes with just a touch of pepper and spice. Best decanted prior to serving.
This wine has 13.5% alcohol and the bottle is sealed with an agglomerated cork.
My Tasting Note
The wine is a deep red color. The appealing nose has brambly berries, cherries, baking spices, cedar, white pepper, minerals, roasted herbs, earthy underbrush, eucalyptus, vanilla and dried flowers. This has medium body, moderate to solid tannins and very nice acidity. On the palate the juicy, tart fruit gets spiced up with a small dollop of spicy oak on the front end, with a touch of eucalyptus, roasted herbs and subtle earthiness coming in on the back end. The finish has nice length with some pepper and a floral note entering the picture. If you like a restrained, balanced Zinfandel, grab a bottle of this wine, it will make you smile. This is one to hunt down. (91 pts)
2010 Andis Wines Painted Fields – SRP $28
Each season we harvest a few extra tons from some of our favorite fields and pull in some grapes from vineyards we think might be promising with the intent of finding just the right mix for Painted Fields. As we set worthy lots aside, we begin experimenting with various blends until we find just the right mix for that vintage. By not limiting ourselves to a specific varietal or predetermined blend, we allow tremendous latitude to make a simply delicious red wine.
This is a blend of 45% Cabernet Sauvignon, 45% Syrah and 10% Petite Sirah.
This has 14.5% alcohol by volume and the bottle is sealed with an agglomerated cork.
My Tasting Note
The wine is a medium ruby red color. The nose is a touch reserved and shy but eventually has black cherry, baking spices, minerals, dark chocolate and a touch of vanilla. This has medium body, moderate to solid tannins and very nice acidity. This is much more open and giving on the palate with layers of fruit and spice upfront with minerals and dark chocolate coming in on the back end. The finish has nice length with a touch of earthiness coming into play. This may be one to sit on for another year or two. (90 pts)
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Prices noted are the prices I paid at the time of purchase. I don’t shop around to find the best prices, but my local store is usually VERY competitive. I generally get case discounts, and since I work there part time, I get a 5% discount. Wines purchased direct from a winery do not include any shipping charges. None of the prices include the sales tax.
All wines that were sent to me free of charge to sample will be noted and I will show suggested prices when available.