The 2018 Terra d’Oro Sierra Foothills Zinfandel displays the classic characteristics unique to this region. Enticing aromas of clove, cinnamon, anise and dark fruits are accompanied by hints of pastry, dried oregano, thyme and fresh dough notes that round out the intense aromatics. This boasts an elegant entry with a generous, juicy midpalate and a long finish. Bold and intriguing, the 2018 Terra d’Oro Sierra Foothills Zinfandel is truly a taste of its region.
Hand-selected grapes from Amador vineyards comprise the Terra d’Oro County Zinfandel. 92% of the grapes are sourced from Terra d'Oro estate vineyards with shallow topsoils, granite hardpan. The hot summer days and cool summer nights help for complexity and vigor with this stalwart varietal. The Terra d’Oro vineyards receive optimal sunlight and produce generous and delicious fruit.
Terra d'Oro is home of the first post-Prohibition winery in Amador County, established over 50 years ago. Terra d’Oro was a pioneer in helping re-establish the region’s production of fine wine. Today, Terra d’Oro is acclaimed for its elegant red wines and aromatic white wines, all crafted from our 800+ acres of sustainably farmed vineyards.
The name Terra d’Oro (Italian for “land of gold”) perfectly reflects the Amador region’s richness of its history, its natural resources and its wines.
In the 1850s, the discovery of the famous “Mother Lode” here in the Sierra foothills attracted prospectors from around the world seeking their fortune in gold. Some chose to plant vineyards instead, to satisfy the thirst of the thousands of miners, and soon after, to make a living as the gold mines began to run dry. Many of these were Italian pioneers who planted primarily Zinfandel and Italian varietals that thrived in the region’s granite and iron-rich volcanic soils.
By the 1890s, Amador County wine had replaced gold as the region’s most precious resource, with 100+ wineries—more than any other region in California—within its borders. But just as the mines had run dry a few decades before, the wineries also ran dry with the arrival of Prohibition in the 1920s, and they were compelled to shut their doors and leave many of the vines untended.
But the region’s reputation for its winegrapes didn’t die. Some 50 years later, as founder/winemaker Cary Gott staked his claim and crafted his first wines in Amador, he selected the name Terra d’Oro as a fitting tribute to the region’s history, the Italian pioneers who first planted vines here, and the rich character and intensity of the region’s wines.