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November 30, 2012
Amador's Easton Wines honored by Wine Spectator

Accolades arrived this week for Terre Rouge & Easton Wines of Amador, which was named among Wine Spectator's "top 100 outstanding values of 2012." The noted bottle is the Easton 2010 Zinfandel Amador County, priced at $18 and described by Wine Spectator's managing editor as "a rich tasting zinfandel from California's Sierra Foothills." A bottle was also featured in a prominent photo spread of fellow best value wines.

This 2010 zinfandel earned 90 points from Wine Spectator earlier this year, and featured in a number of issues including a feature on zinfandel.

"That was really sweet," said Bill Easton, the winemaker and proprietor of Terre Rouge & Easton Wines. "They'd been giving us good reviews for the last couple years, but having that bottle in the photo spread was really cool. We've been leading up to this the whole year."

If you want a taste of this wine, time's running short. Only nine cases are left at the winery (10801 Dickson Rd., Plymouth) and they're expected to go fast. A few stray bottles might also be found at local wine shops and restaurants. Give Taylor's Market a call (877-770-6077) or Corti Brothers (916-736-3800) and see if any are available.

Either way, the 2011 vintage of this wine was released last Wednesday. It also sells for a very reasonable $18. Easton finds many stylistic similarities between the two wines. Both come from cooler than average vintages which also presented many winemaking challenges, including crops that were damaged by weather.

"Both of the wines have a really nice fruit and balance," said Easton. "They're very similar, and similarly priced. We're trying to grow this particular production (of zinfandel) and build some momentum for us."

For more information: www.terrerougewines.com

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