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Renwood Winery

Renwood Winery Amador County is highly regarded for producing some of the very best examples of Zinfandel found anywhere in the world. At Renwood, we offer an array of hand-crafted Zinfandels that showcase the unique qualities of some of the world's oldest and most renowned vineyards from the Shenandoah Valley of California. Currently, we produce six proprietary and vineyard designated Zinfandels: "Old Vine," "Grandmére®," "Fiddletown," "Grandpére®," "D'Agostini Bros.," and "Jack Rabbit Flat." We have also pioneered and remain the sole producer of "Amador Ice Zinfandel" - the only zinfandel wine that is produced in the cryo-extraction process. Just after the fruit is harvested at it's highest degree of ripeness, the fruit is cryogenically suspended (frozen) for nearly two months to obtain maximum concentration. Once pressed, the "syrup" goes through an extended fermentation (approximately six months) before it is allowed to age in barrel for one year. The result is a unique delicious dessert wine that is the essence of Zinfandel. Amador's steep hillsides, exceeding 1,400 feet in elevation, and warm daytime climate, followed by cool evenings, make this wine region an ideal site for the cultivation of classic Italian varietals, such as Barbera, Sangiovese and Nebbiolo. The terroir of Amador County is also conducive to the planting of Rhone varietals, including: Syrah, Grenache, Mourvedre and Viognier. We use old-world, hand crafted winemaking techniques - including traditional basket press - to produce the best Italian and Rhone-style wines that Amador County has to offer

From Sacramento: Travel Highway 50 East towards South Lake Tahoe. Take the Bradshaw Road exit, turn right. Travel approximately 3 miles to Highway 16/Jackson Road, turn left. Travel Highway 16/Jackson Road approximately 20 miles to Plymouth (Note: Highway 16 changes into Highway 49 just before Plymouth). At the main intersection in Plymouth, turn right onto Shenandoah Road (E 16). Travel approximately 3/4 mile to fork in the road — stay to the left. Travel 3 1/2 miles to Steiner Road, turn left. The winery is 1 1/2 miles down Steiner Road at the corner of Steiner and Upton roads. Directions from the Sacramento Airport: Take the main road leaving the airport to Interstate 5. Travel I-5 South towards Sacramento to Highway 99/50 exit (San Francisco, Lake Tahoe) and go east toward Placerville. Follow directions above.

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12225 Steiner Road, Plymouth, CA, US, 95699 Email:
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  Amador Ice Wine Zinfandel
Our 2000 Renwood Amador Ice Zinfandel is an ultra-concentrated wine with fresh raspberry and blackberry aromas and a powerful palate richness. The acidity is nicely balanced with the sweetness, which contributes to the luscious, long finish. Try serving this wine with fresh vanilla bean ice cream, any traditional dessert dish, or, alone as the dessert! A perfect way to end a meal.
  Barbera Sierra Series
Each lot was fermented separately in stainless steel tanks providing maximum extraction of fruit and color, with an extremely rich mouthfeel. The lots were then aged for 10 months in a blend of New and Old American oak and French oak offering a well integrated compliment of toasty oak that will remain subtle.
  Non Vintage Port
This Port was made from the traditional Portuguese varietals grown on the hillsides of Amador County. Renwood's founder, Robert Smerling has a deep passion for wine and cigars that made us take a traditional approach to Port. Renwood grows four classic Portuguese varieties of Touriga, Alvaraho, Tinta Cao, and Souzao, which flourish in the Sierra Foothills. The quality of our port matches that which inspired Mr. Smerling during his visit to Portugal.
  Pinot Grigio Select Series
The 2003 Pinot Grigio is straw in color. The wine displays aromas of fig, melon, lemon, and white floral. The entry is soft with layers of melon, white peach, and a slightly citrus finish that helps to round out the lightweight texture on the palate. This is a perfect wine with light pasta and fish entrees.
  Renwood Amador Ice Zinfandel
Our 2003 "Amador Ice" Zinfandel begins with aromas of fresh raspberry and pear, followed by silky sweet characters of caramel and berries with a hint of vanilla. A superb balance of acidity and sweetness allows the finish to linger. One of the most unique dessert wines in the world. Enjoy this wine as an aperitif, or at the conclusion of a memorable meal with your favorite dessert.
  Renwood Barbera
The 2002 Barbera is a ruby purple color that displays aromas of boysenberry, blueberry, and chocolate. Bright, well-balanced acidity with a rich mouthfeel are evident on the palate, finishing with lingering persimmon and vanilla flavors. The acidity gives the wine a classic Italian character. A perfect compliment to any hardy meal.
  Renwood D'Agostini Zinfandel
The 2001 Renwood D'Agostini Bros. Zinfandel is ruby in color displaying tobacco, leather, plum and black berry characters in the nose. The entry is bright with dark fruit characters of berry and raspberry. The mid-palate displays complex layers of dried fruits and tobacco finishing with sweet oak notes. A wine that can be enjoyed now or age for 4 to 6 years
  Renwood Estate Viognier
Our 2002 Viognier begins with white floral notes, pear, and honeysuckle on the nose. The mouthfeel is rich with melon, honey, and ripe peach, finishing with subtle toasted oak and vanilla flavors. This is an outstanding expression of this variety.
  Renwood Fiddletown Zinfandel
2002 Fiddletown Zinfandel exhibits ripe blackberry jam, cherry, plum and white pepper aromas. The entry is soft with savory red fruit flavors that are lush and vibrant on the palate. The abundant layers of fruit in the middle produce a balanced wine, which finishes with a little spiciness and wonderfull toasty vanilla notes. The wine is a great expression of the Fiddletown appellation.
  Renwood Grandpere Zinfandel
The 2002 Grandmère Zinfandel is a light garnet red with slight brick tones on the edge. The aroma of this wine welcomes the drinker with its soft, yet complex fruit. Raspberry and clove mid-palate essences balance the wine as it finishes with a rich texture of vanilla and caramel. The elegant, soft round tannin structure is built for a lasting finish.
  Renwood Jack Rabbit Flat Zinfandel
The 2001 Jack Rabbit Flat Zinfandel is dark ruby color that offers big style Zinfandel characters with powerful sweet jammy fruit characters of blackberry, cherry, and plum. On the palate, the wine has a bright entry with ripe flavors of berry and plum. The fruit characters, finishing with a hint of vanilla, balance the firm tannins.
  Renwood Old Vine Zinfandel
The 2002 Old Vine Zinfandel is comprised of the best selection of Old Vine vineyard lots in the valley, each adding its own nuance and complexity to the final blend. The 2002 Old Vine Zinfandel is deep ruby in color. The bouquet consists of brown sugar, caramel, sage, eucalyptus, and bursting with dark berry fruit. The flavor is a sumptuous blend of warm blackberries on the forward, with a hint of dried fruit, finishing with sweet fleshy tannins.
  Renwood Orange Muscat
The 2004 Orange Muscat displays aromas of mango, ripe banana, honey, and kiwi with a hint or orange blossom. The entry displays luscious melon and honey suckle fruit flavors that help to round out the lightweight texture on the palate. Though this Orange Muscat is a dessert style wine, the acid structure balances out the sweet characters, resulting in a lingering and balanced finish.
  Renwood Sangiovese
The 2001 Sangiovese is purple in color with aromas of dried fruit, sage, and cranberry. The entry offers a rich mouth displaying elements of bright cherry fruit and cinnamon. Toasty oak and vanilla characters linger on the finish.
  Renwood Syrah
The 2002 Amador Syrah offers ripe plum, lilac and rose fragrances in the nose. On the palate, dried fruit, cranberry, smoke and pepper rest on a fine yet firm structure, finishing with vanilla and spice.
  Syrah Rose Sierra Series
The 2003 Syrah Rose is pink in color. The wine displays aromas of strawberry, candied watermelon and honeydew melon. The entry is bright with layers of strawberry, raspberry, rose petals and a slightly herbaceous character. The finish displays soft and round tannins, which linger on the palate. The wines lively acidity and light to medium body make it a perfect accompaniment to a wine range of flavors. This is a perfect summertime wide at the beach or on a picnic.
  Syrah Sierra Series
The fruit was hand-harvested and went through a long fermentation at cooler temperatures in individual vineyard lots, some with an extended maceration period on the skins in the traditional French style. This resulted in a rich, silky mouthfeel and bright fruit characters. We selected a combination of new and old American oak barrels to age the wine for 10 months. The final blend resulted in a deep, richly colored wine with a harmony of fruit, acidity, and tannins. The wine displays aromas of dark red fruits and sweet new oak. On the palate it demonstrates a silky texture that is perfectly balanced by an ultra-rich mouthfeel, a distinctive roasted peppery aroma with black cherry flavors, firm tannins, and a lingering finish.
  Viognier Select Series
The fruit was whole cluster pressed to remove the juice from the skins immediately. Once pressed, the must was pumped into a stainless steel tank to cold settle for about 48 hours. This allowed any sediments and solids to fall to the bottom of the tank. The clean juice was racked off the sediment, transferred to another tank, and inoculated to begin fermentation. The wine remained in stainless steel until bottling. Prior to bottling, the wine was cold filtered.
  Zinfandel Sierra Series
The 2002 Sierra Series Zinfandel was hand selected and harvested in mid to late October. Each vineyard lot was fermented individually at cool to moderate temperatures. Pressed at dryness, each lot was racked directly into barrels for aging. The individual lots were aged in a combination of new American oak and three to five year old French and American oak barrels for 10 months before the final blend was assembled. The resulting wine displays aromas of berry, cloves and cinnamon. The entry displays red fruit characters that carry through the mid-palate, finishing with a lingering vanilla and tasty oak ending.


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