2015 Montagna Nera


This red blend from El Dorado County is our ‘omaggio’ to the wines crafted in Amador County by Cary Gott at Monteviña, back in the late 1970s. Since those blends were from very warm drought years, for our new millennium update we sought-out higher elevation sources. It’s a blend of Zinfandel, Barbera, and a smattering of what’s best referred to as “mixed reds” (including Charbono, Syrah, and Petite Sirah), basically whatever we had available that would add more complexity to our blend. Far from being over the top, we feel it is elegant and intriguing; with spicy and subtle oak aromas mingling with the aromas and flavors of black cherry and blackberry. With a hint of vanilla evident from the French oak, it makes for a contemporary and nuanced wine, with a pleasingly long finish. More importantly is that with your first sip it’s like traveling back in time, to the beginning of modern era winemaking in the Sierra Foothills. This was a time long before today’s ubiquitous red blends emerged, which resemble a light ruby port more than table wine.