2020 Turley Wine Cellars Sadie Upton Vineyard Zinfandel Amador County, USA
From an Amador County site, Sadie Upton Vineyard (15.5% alcohol) comes from vines planted in 1922 at the rather impressive elevation of 1500 feet. This is an aromatic, medium-bodied Zinfandel despite the lofty alcohol. The soil is said to consist of lots of granite, quartz, and silica, and those elements are evidenced in the wine’s minerality, its almost Pinot Noir-like perfume, and moderate weight. This is a beauty, not a blockbuster Zinfandel, but one of enormous charm, endearing ripe fruit, and a flowery, spicy red and blue-fruited character. With a terrific crisp, zesty freshness due to its notable acidity.
A vineyard whose story is almost as compelling as the wine itself. In 1922, smack-dab in the middle of Prohibition and while her husband was away working for the railroad, a then 21-year-old Sadie Upton decided she was going to plant herself a vineyard near their home at 1500 feet near Plymouth, CA. Now, 99 years later, the vines are still kicking in the gumption-riddled tradition of their creator.