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Wineries of El Dorado County

Wine Descriptions


Barbera: Long-aging, full body, robust red wine with intense fruit and enhanced tannic content. Barbera is a full-bodied, very fruity, favors are berrylike, dry, tannic(tart), strongly vinous to taste. Barbera is a red Italian wine grape variety that, as of 2000, was the third most-planted red grape variety in Italy (after Sangiovese and Montepulciano). It produces good yields and is known for deep color, low tannins and high levels of acid.

Cabernet Franc: Semi-classic grape similar in many ways to Cabernet Sauvignon. Light to medium body with more immediate fruit than Cabernet Sauvignon. Wine from these grapes has a deep purple color, when young, with a fragrant aroma.

Carernet Sauvignon: Cabernet Sauvignon is a dry, full-bodied, highl distinctive wine.  Green olive, bell pepper, black-currant, blackberry, mint

Gamay Beaujolaris:  very fruity, tart, spicy and a appealing wine. Drank as a young wine.

Carnelian: fruity tart

Chardonnay: Possessing a fruity character - (e.g: Apple, lemon, citrus, ripe-grape, intensity increases with degree of ripeness of grapes), subsequent barrel-influenced flavors include “oak”, “vanilla”, and malo-lactic fermentation imparted “creamy-buttery” components.

Charbono: Similar in style to California Barbera

Chenin Blanc: It has a aroma of honeysuckle, honey and flowers, quince and arpicot. It should taste fruity, appetizing, but overall not highy distinctive. It may be dry or slightly sweet.

Grenache: fruity, estery may become harsh

Gewurztraminer: White wine with a strong floral aroma and lychee nut like flavor. also may be spicy.  It will have a musky, spicy, rose-scented aroma.

Johannisberg Riesling: flowery, fruity dry wine with high acid and low alcohol not unlike the german “Kabinett” version or a semi-dry style with some residual sugar similar to the german “Spatlese” version

Malbec:The wine of the Malbec is highly colored and markedly tannic.  It is well constituted but the aroma is somewhat feeble, which is why preferences often given to the cabernet and merlot.

Merlot: Resemblance to Cabernet Sauvignon wine, with which it is sometimes blended, but is usually not so intense, with softer tannin. green olive

Nebbiolo: Fruity, licorice, huge, tannic wines that at their best can take decades to mature

Petite Sirah: Comparatively full flavored wines

Pinot Noir: Cherished aromas and flavors often detected are cherry, strawberry, mint, raspberry, pepperminty, truffles, and the ubiquitous gamey odor in new wines often referred to as “animale’” by the french winemaker.

Riesling: flowery, light bodied and usually dry.

Grey Riesling: (not a Riesling at all) is a comparatively neutral wine.

Sauvignon Blanc: Its aroma is of red currant/gooseberry that is sometimes vegetal or “catty”. It shows a tendency towards a grassy, herbaceous flavor in the wine when the grapes are grown in temperate regions. In warmer regions, the flavors and aromas tend to be more citruslike, (e.g: grapefruit or pear), plus the characteristic “earthy” taste

Semillon: Fruity, white wine.