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Domenico Wines Pinotage Amador County 2004

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Wine Recommendation: Domenico Wines 2004 Pinotage Winemaker Tasting & Pairing Notes: Medium-bodied, aromas of blackberries, mint, plum, cinnamon and fresh linen. Notes of cherries, leather and tobacco with lingering oak flavors. Pairs well with BBQ, venison, blue cheese and rich vegetarian meals. A cross between the delicate Pinot Noir and the more robust Cinsaut. Winemaking Notes: Whole berry fermented in small open fermenters. 10-12 days maceration with 2-3 hand punchdowns per day. Aged in French and American oak for 11 months. Technical Notes: Appellation: Amador County Vineyard Designation: Sutter Creek Vineyards Composition: 100% Amador Pinotage Released: July 1, 2006 Alcohol: 15.8% Production: 176 cases Return to Domenico Wine List

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Color: Red
Varietal: Pinotage
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Domenico Winery:
Dominick and Gloria Chirichillo’s choice of name for their winery is a reflection of their commitment to their Italian heritage and the tradition of family winemaking. In 1955 in New York, Dominick who is called Domenico in Italian was introduced to these traditions by his Nonno (grandfather), Domenico Giovinazzo. In the basement of their home was a wine press that Nonno showed Dominick; passin... Read more
Dominick and Gloria Chirichillo’s choice of name for their winery is a reflection of their commitment to their Italian heritage and the tradition of family winemaking. In 1955 in New York, Dominick who is called Domenico in Italian was introduced to these traditions by his Nonno (grandfather), Domenico Giovinazzo. In the basement of their home was a wine press that Nonno showed Dominick; passing down from one generation to another the love of handcrafting wine. Dominick’s passion for winemaking took him from amateur competitions, while he lived on the East Coast, to commercial status after moving to Northern California. Moving to California has enabled Dominick to choose his grapes hands-on from selected vineyards in Napa Valley, Sonoma’s Central Coast, Alexander Valley, Russian River Valley, Amador County and the Lodi District. Not to mention he is a member of the Santa Cruz Mountains Winegrowers Association, where he sources Chardonnay and Pinot Noir grapes. As of spring 2006, the wines of Domenico have won 187 Medals for wines produced from these various regions! Prior to opening Domenico Wines, Dominick and Gloria’s passion for the wine business was shared with others on both the East and West Coasts through Bacchus Winemaking Club. This membership club enabled many more people to create their own wines with custom labels. Over 200,000 cases of wine have been created by amateur winemakers on both the East and West Coasts through the years. See the website, www.bacchuswinemakingclub.com for more information on making your own wines. Our recipe for success in the wine business is simple… take the finest grapes of California, add Dominick’s passion, blend with family tradition, and you get wine that exudes complexity, finesse, and agreeability. We invite you to come by the winery to taste for yourself. Read less

External Reviews for Domenico Wines Pinotage Amador County

External Review
Source: Appellation America
04/07/2011

Pinotage, a native South African varietal that is a cross of Pinot Noir and Cinsault, has it share of skeptics, particularly those folks who have tasted Pinotage wines which are too earthy andrough around the edges. It’s a pleasant surprise to find a Pinotage that not only is elegant but also made in the U.S. from Amador County grapes. Domenico Wines has produced a gorgeous Pinotage: the 2004 Domenico Amador County Pinotage. One of the things I like about this wine is that it is juicy – none of that unctuous, heavy mouth feel that so often creeps into California wines. It has a luscious blueberry nose, notes of blackberry and cayenne pepper on the mid palate and notes of tobacco, cigar and earth but in the right balance to add interest and depth. The tannins are evident and the finish is long and satisfying. This wine can stand up to hearty fare.. Domenico Wines owner and winemaker Dominick Chirichillo says the Pinotage grape thrives in the hot Amador County climate which cools off beautifully at night, benefiting from the Delta breezes that flow into the region. He buys the grapes from veteran growers, Sutter Creek Vineyards. Production of all Domenico Wines is done at the main facility in San Carlos, CA. Only 176 cases have been produced.



Wine Recommendation: Domenico Wines 2004 Pinotage Winemaker Tasting & Pairing Notes: Medium-bodied, aromas of blackberries, mint, plum, cinnamon and fresh linen. Notes of cherries, leather and tobacco with lingering oak flavors. Pairs well with BBQ, venison, blue cheese and rich vegetarian meals. A cross between the delicate Pinot Noir and the more robust Cinsaut. Winemaking Notes: Whole berry fermented in small open fermenters. 10-12 days maceration with 2-3 hand punchdowns per day. Aged in French and American oak for 11 months. Technical Notes: Appellation: Amador County Vineyard Designation: Sutter Creek Vineyards Composition: 100% Amador Pinotage Released: July 1, 2006 Alcohol: 15.8% Production: 176 cases Return to Domenico Wine List

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