Published June 11, 2014
There is always value out there in the wine world if you look around enough. The questions is not whether there are still some $10-$15 wines from Califonria out there to be purchased. When it comes down to finding consistent quality at this price point, Montevina Winery is a proven leader in the vlaue priced category. Montevina Winery is from one of the best California regions for finding value.
Nestled in the western foothills of the majestic Sierra Nevada mountain range sits Amador County, home to more than 2,700 acres of wine grapes. The elevation in the area ranges from 1,200 to 2,000 feet above sea level and the region sees between 36-38 inches of annual rainfall. This allows most growers in the area the opportunity to dry-farm their vineyards, which is important because it contributes to low crow yields—this is essential to producing full-bodied wines. The climate is similar to that of Calistoga, in Napa Valley; however, it cools down a bit more which helps to retain the much needed acidity in the grapes. Many of the vineyards in the area are head trained and are quite old. Some reaching the century mark.
Here's a look at the wines:
2012 Pinot Grigio
With aromas of ripe pears, summer peaches and lotus blossoms, this fashionable Pinot Grigio offers vibrant flavors of juicy Bartlett pears and citrus with subtle hints of nutmeg and spice, all with a crisp, refreshing finish.
Montevina Chardonnay is a rich, golden-hued wine with seductive aromas of tart apples and figs. Crisp flavors of tropical fruit and ripe pear are layered with hints of vanilla bean and toasted almonds for added dimension.
With its beautiful ruby color and delicate perfume of cherries and violets, our Merlot exudes charm. Using grapes harvested from the best vineyards, you’ll discover layers of concentrated, succulent black cherry and spice flavors with a voluptuous, velvety-smooth finish.
This classic varietal offers luscious fruit flavors and happy acidity making it an extremely versatile, food-friendly wine. Discover our Barbera’s tempting black cherry and toffee aromas, and ripe, blackberry and pomegranate flavors with hints of toasty graham cracker.
A fruit-forward and sassy wine with irresistible cassis and pepper aromas lead into lush blackberry, ripe plum and spice flavors followed by a long, smooth finish. If you are looking for a rollicking good time on the palate, this Zinfandel is for you.
The Montevina Winery portfolio will be featured at a local event tomorrow night, 6:30PM at Station Square Ristorante in Liberty. The tasting allows quests to sample 6 wines with two specially created appetizers for only $25. You can call (330) 759-8802.