I like the expression that the Cal-Italia grapes give in other California regions, so I was anxious to try the terroir of Amador County. Both wines were made available to me for the purpose of this article.
Bella Grace Montagnaro Amador County 2013
This half and half blend of Barbera - sourced from several vineyards in Amador County - and their estate Zinfandel - was made in very limited quantity, just 360 cases, and it retails at $23 per bottle. The 14.5% abv alcohol number looks ripe and ready. And so it is.
Bella Grace Barbera Amador County 2013
Several vineyards in Amador County contributed to this varietal wine. The alcohol is again a rich 14.6% abv and it has a $30 price tag. 860 cases were made.
The wine has a rustic nose that bears a bit of tar, a bit of bramble and a bit of spearmint. The oak on the palate is sweet and tasty with generous red fruit and holiday spices. The tannins grip enough, but not too hard. The finish carries some rosemary to a lengthy end. Roasted chicken and potatoes, with the potatoes burnt just a bit is what you want with this.