2011 Amador Ice
This dessert wine is produced by pressing frozen fruit and fermenting the concentrated juice. The finished wine has a light rose color, syrup like texture with aromas of fresh strawberries, cherries and green apple. the thick texture is balanced with acidity and flavors of cherry, strawberry and apple mixed with green tea and candied berry fruits. The mixture of fresh fruit and acidity makes a pleasant and refreshing dessert.
The harvest of 2011 had a cool, wet spring and cool summer providing moderate growing conditions and a crop size small enough to take advantage fo the cool weather. About mid-October a series of storms that usually stay in Washington State and Oregon decided on a not so small excursion to Northern California. These early rains made for a challenging harvest, but the dedication of growers to wait for the grapes to dry out, coupled with the winemaking team going aroud the clock when the weather was good, resulted in some really nice wines. The colors are dark, rivaling the 2010 vintage, flavors are luscious and tannins moderate.