Try these Reds Wines from the Sierra Foothills

Sierra Foothills
The sustainable vineyards of Sobon Estate

The Sierra Foothills is producing some fantastic wines. Are you missing out on these great wines at excellent prices? The Sierra Foothills has the soils, elevation, and climate, not to mention the passionate small family-run wineries. Red wines from the Sierra Foothills are outstanding values.

The Vintage Wine Tasters have been sampling Sierra Foothills red wines over the past two weeks. We have some delicious wines to recommend. If you are a Napa Valley and Sonoma wine lover, you will be surprised at how well the Sierra Foothill wines compare, and at much lower prices. Become a Sierra Foothills Wine Snob!

There are four counties in the Sierra Foothills that make up the majority of wine country. Amador County, El Dorado County, Calaveras County, and Nevada County. Each area is also famous for the history of Gold in California. Each County has fun towns to visit and explore. The beauty of this wine country abounds with oaks, grassland, streams, farms, and more.

A few weeks ago, we recommended several Barbera wines from Amador and El Dorado. We decided in this virtual tasting to go with reds wines, except for Barbera. Zinfandel, Petite Sirah, Syrah, Cabernet Sauvignon, and more are on our tasting list. Here are the wines we recommend for you to try.

Excellent reds from the Sierra Foothills

  • 2017 Lava Cap Cabernet Sauvignon El Dorado County – Wine Enthusiast rates it 92 Points. This is an elegant, medium-bodied Cab that carries a great balance of acid and tannins. Have with a steak or with a tomato-based pasta dish. It works! Total Wine – $15.30 at the Sixpack price.
  • 2017 Terra D’Oro Zindandel Amador County – Rich, strong, heavy, and delicious. 90 Points from the Wine Enthusiast. $9.99 at Costco in San Bruno. Good supply on the shelves.
  • 2014 Two Roads Wine Company Red Blend Amador County – A beautifully-blended red wine that rivals the expensive red blends of Paso Robles, says Vintage Wine Taster Bruce. $27 at Total Wine.
  • Milliaire Simply Red Non Vintage – this is from a small winery in Murphys, Calaveras County. Very tasty and $8 at a local Murphys grocery store.
  • 2016 Root 49 The Red, Nagglar Vineyards Sierra Foothills AVA – A smooth and delicious wine with balanced medium body, mellow fruit, spice flavors, and a very pleasant and polished finish. A very fine wine for most occasions serving red meats or pork. Joe F: “This is my very favorite wine of all our Zoom tastings!” $24.99 at Daly City Total Wine.
  • 2018 Sobon Estate “Rocky Top” Amador County Zinfandel – 92 Points Wine Enthusiast. Vintage after vintage, this wine has been a favorite of the Vintage Wine Tasters. A dark red Zin with a baked spice bouquet; this Zin is full bodied and delicious. It has a nice palate feel with a long-lasting, velvety finish. KL Wines $14.95, Total Wine $19.95, Molly Stone’s $16.
  • 2017 Hatcher Cabernet Sauvignon, Calaveras County, Sierra Foothills – A well-made vino, plenty of dark fruit to please the palate.  Mike gives it 89 points for value and quality.  This wine is available at the Half Moon Bay Wine Shop for $19.95.
  • 2018 Renwood Old Vine Zinfandel Amador County – This dark red Zin is made from old vines collected on the Renwood estate. The bouquet is reminiscent of black currant, followed by a rich and palate-lingering after taste. Easily a well-constructed and delightful addition to any barbecue. Total Wines $14.99.
  • 2016 CG D’Arte Shenandoah Petite Syrah – Typically dark purple in appearance with a blueberry bouquet, it has a pleasing palate fullness and a thinner finish. Good sampling of the valley’s richness. Total Wines – $19.99. 

More on the red wines of the Sierra Foothills

The Vintage Wine Tasters are almost at the one-year anniversary of our Zoom Virtual Wine Tastings. Without a doubt, the red wines of the Sierra Foothills had the highest amount of recommendations. What a treat to discover these wines.

More than likely, you will find few Sierra Foothills wines in grocery stores. They don’t sell like Sonoma and Napa wines. Wine shops are not much better with their choices of Sierra Foothills wines. Total Wine stores, especially those in the Sacramento area, have the biggest inventory of Sierra Foothills wines.

Now that we have more counties open to wine tasting and dining, you might want to consider a wine country getaways to the Sierra Foothills. Check and see which wineries are the best to visit in the Sierra Foothills.

Cedarville Vineyard in Fair Play AVA of El Dorado County

Cedarville Vineyard is one winery you should know about. It is in Fair Play, a tiny town in El Dorado County. The winery makes less than 3000 cases of wine a year. It is the Sierra Foothills’ best kept secret. The winery is open by appointment only. Most of the Cedarville wines are sold out of the tasting room or at the Cedarville online wine store. If you happen to be in the area, set up an appointment to try the Cedarville lineup of terrific wines.

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