The three best red varieties in Amador County are Barbera, Zinfandel and Syrah. All three of these varieties produce wines that talk to you and show off the mountain terroir of Amador County and the Sierra Foothills.
In our newest release of the 2010 Mountain Selection Barbera, we have blended Barbera from three different vineyards (44% Spinetta Vineyard, 24% Manby Vineyard and 16% Vineyard 1869), and have added 16% Syrah from the Rattlesnake Ridge Vineyard; the same vineyard that produces the grapes for our J&S Reserve Syrah. Vineyard 1869, Spinetta Vineyard and Rattlesnake Ridge Vineyard all border each other, while the Manby Vineyard is just down the road.
Barbera traditionally has a little more acid and tannin than the softer Syrah. To make the 2010 Mountain Selection Barbera a complete experience, the Syrah was added to fill out the center of the wine and to soften down the acidity just a bit, all the while maintaining the flavors and characteristics of the Amador terroir.