Easton bottle

Easton

Zinfandel, 2016

Bill Easton is the Sierra Foothills fine-wine pioneer, having championed Zinfandel ahead of its golden age and put Amador County on the map. In the 1980s, two decades before California’s top winemakers started flocking to this under-the-radar region for its ideal climate and undervalued land, Bill was here, quietly making robust Zinfandels. He’s had some help, though: The sun powers Bill’s winery, and Bart the cat and a team of barn owls do exterminator duty in the vineyard.

Profile

Easton Zinfandel is not your typical oaky, sugary, fruit-bomb Zin. Although it has concentrated dark-berry and cherry flavors, it’s not cloying. This Zin marries hedonism and restraint.

Low
High
TANNIN
SWEETNESS
BODY
ACIDITY
APPEARANCE
Dark purple
APPEARANCE
Dark purple
FLAVORS & AROMAS
Blackberry
Black cherry
Violet
Bittersweet chocolate

Pairing

The opposite of subtle, these reds completely coat your palate with fruit flavor and tannin. California Zinfandel and Cabernet Sauvignon as well as reds from countries with warm climates, like Spain and Australia, are what you want with dishes that are rich in their own right. It’s why these reds rule every steakhouse wine list.

More About The Wine

Amador is one of eight counties in the expansive Sierra Foothills, a stunningly beautiful region that hugs the Sierra Nevada range on California’s eastern border. Amador County’s rolling hills evoke Italy’s Tuscany region. Easton’s vineyards sit at some of Amador’s highest points, nearly 3,000 feet above sea level.

DID YOU KNOW?

Zinfandel responds well to rarefied air: At high elevations, the grapes develop intense, concentrated flavors without the sugary, jammy overripeness usually associated with the grape.

  • VARIETY
    Zinfandel
  • VINTAGE
    2016
  • VINEYARD
    Various
  • APPELLATION REGION, STATE
    Amador County, California
  • OAK
    100% French oak (10 months)
  • ALCOHOL
    14.5%
  • FARMING
    Conventional

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