Amador County is well known for its Zinfandel and Barbera vineyards, some of which date back to 1856. The ideal growing conditions within the county have allowed for broad diversification of the grapes grown. Grape-grower Vicki Delpart tends and farms the Syrah, Barbera, and Old Vine Zinfandel from her vineyard named Oakmont in the Shenandoah Valley region of Amador. Planted on a hilltop above the Cosumnes River in decomposed granite based soils 38 years ago to Zinfandel. Barbera and Syrah were added in 1999. Meticulously cared-for and aggressively thinned to provide optimal flavor development, this vineyard is average yield is a balanced 3 tons per acre.
2015 Polaris Vineyard Cabernet Sauvginon, Howell Mountain AVA, Napa Valley;
Planted by Jon Dodge, formerly the vineyard manager at Burgess Cellars in Howell Mountain, Polaris Vineyard was developed in 1982 and planted in 1990 and is adjacent to the famed Beatty Ranch vineyard. Polaris is 3.2-acre vineyard, and is head trained with a loosely trained California sprawl type canopy and trellising system. This wine is actually a field blend of clone 155 and clone 6 Cabernet Sauvignon, with tiny amounts of Cabernet franc and Petit Verdot. The wine is full bodied and layered with outstanding concentration. Impossibly elegant and smooth with massive structure, this wine needs time to do it justice and will age many years given the right conditions. The wine is aged in once used Seguin Moreau barrel. One barrel produced.