2012 Amador Ice
Tawny in color and loaded with aromas of stewed peaches and peanuts. Concentrated apple and pear juice flavors wade in and out of freshly baked oatmeal and apple cookies. Silky and rich with vibrant acidity, this wine is a terrific compliment to any fruit based dessert that has been enhanced with baking and/or Christmas spices.
The vintage of 2012 had more of a normal weather pattern. Unlike 2010 and 2011, the harvest proceeded without any significant rainfall. There had been fears of another short harvest due to cool weather in the critical months of April and May 2011 when bud development for the next year occurs. We need not have worried as a large crop was forthcoming. Many growers had 20 to 30% more fruit than their averages and much higher than in 2010 and 2011. Still there was plenty of heat to ripen this crop and a long enough season to get everything picked and through fermentation.