Every so often I run into a zinfandel wine I just fall in love with. Such was the case with this Fiddletown Cellars Old Vine Zinfandel. We were just out for a quick bite at one of our favorite restaurants when I finally tried a zinfandel from Fiddletown Cellars. It was truly love at first sip. Oh, and I do love their label.
Fiddletown Cellars Old Vine Zinfandel
To taste wines from Fiddletown Cellars, along with many other delightful wines from the area, stop by the very charming Amador 360 Winery Collective located in Plymouth in the Amador Wine Region of California. The winery itself is located not far away in another town called, yes Fiddletown, founded in 1849 as a result of the California Gold Rush.
Fiddletown, a charming small roadside town, is a throwback to the Gold Rush era. Originally settled by gold seekers from Missouri in 1849, it became a trading post for many of the mining camps in the area. Around the 1860’s the town became one of the largest Chinese communities in California with a Chinese population that numbered at 2000+.
At the time Fiddletown was established, placer mining was the most popular mining technique. This type of mining depended heavily on water. Dry Creek, their main source of water, would run dry in the summer months. During that time, the miners referred to it as “fiddling around,” thus establishing its moniker, which in turn became the town’s name. Because of it’s unique location and history, Fiddletown is now a registered California Historical Landmark and also listed in the National Register of Historic Places.
In addition to its history, Fiddletown is noted as one of California’s smallest wine growing areas located at the foothills of the Sierra Mountains. This unique location provides one of the longest growing seasons for a vineyard in the Amador Wine Region. It explains why this wine is as amazing as it is.
The term “Green or Earth Friendly” is Fiddletown Cellars middle name. Starting with sweet water that comes from their own artisan well, they also use solar system cells and private wind turbines to power their operation year round. They seek out local organic farmers for their wine grapes, and they recycle everything. To say they are environmentally conscious would be an understatement.
” The 2012 Old Vine Zinfandel is another shining star in our portfolio. It’s dark, soft and round with fresh, bright acidity that our Fiddletown Vineyard is famously known for. Lush and concentrated tannins have been integrated into a densely complex framework of ripe blackberries with underlying hints of caramel and subtle nuances of black currants.”
My husband and I really loved this old vine zinfandel from Fiddletown Cellars. It is a bottle (or three) of wine I will be seeking out on a very regular basis. In fact, I’ve already bought a few bottles to have on hand whenever we have a craving for a great Zinfandel.
Time for a glass…