2009 Keplinger "Lithic" Amador County Rhone Blend (Previously $60)

SKU #1208366 94 points Wine Spectator

 Beautifully crafted, intense and vibrant, with a firm mix of loamy earth, mineral, plum and blackberry. Full-bodied and tightly wound, this one begs for cellaring, ending with a strong flex of ripe tannins. Grenache, Mourvèdre and Syrah. Best from 2014 through 2024.  (2/2012)

93 points Stephen Tanzer's International Wine Cellar

 (42% Grenache, 34% Mourvedre and 24% Syrah; 14.8% alcohol): Full, bright red-ruby. Lovely high notes of lavender and blood orange lift the aromas of blackberry and bitter chocolate. Dense, sweet, energetic and seamless, with superb intensity and a light touch to the flavors of red and blue fruits, gun metal, tree bark and crushed rock. This wonderfully penetrating, juicy wine finishes with toothcoating tannins and powerful structure. Superb, and built for the long haul. (ST)  (5/2012)

93 points Vinous

 The 2009 Lithic comes across as rich, round and polished, with a greater sense of harmony and finesse than the 2008. This is a decidedly extroverted wine bursting with dark red fruit, flowers and spices. Darker hints of smoke, iron and savory herbs develop with time in the glass, adding further complexity and nuance. The 2009 Lithic is 42% Grenache, 34% Mourvèdre and 24% Syrah. (AG)  (12/2011)

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Varietal:

Other Red Wines

Country:

United States

- When people consider domestic wine, they normally think about the state of California. The fine viticultural Region within California, including the Napa Valley, Sonoma, Santa Cruz Mountains, Mendocino and Santa Barbara, are capable of growing grapes of world-class quality. But there's plenty of fabulous wine coming from other states, too. Oregon, Washington and New York are also causing eyebrows (and glassware) to be raised around the world.
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California

- With the explosive growth that California's wine industry has seen the past several years, it's easy to view winemaking and grape growing in the Golden State as a recent phenomenon. And while it's true that California's viticultural history is brief compared to several European countries, this state's roots date back well over 200 years. Due to the enormous response to California wine within the United States and worldwide, there are thousands of excellent and diverse wines being produced within the state each year.
Specific Appellation:

Sierra Foothills/El Dorado

- This sweeping inland territory (an AVA on its own right), encompassing El Dorado, Fiddletown, Shenandoah and Amador, has been on the grape-growing map since the Gold Rush. With the exception of high-altitude El Dorado, the vineyards here are sun-baked and hot—in other words, best suited to old-vine zinfandel, petit sirah and Rhône varietals. The cooler climes of El Dorado are ideal for cabernet, chardonnay and merlot.