Terre Rouge & Easton Wines Amador County
Bill Easton was one of the very first Rhône Rangers, along with the likes of Randall Grahm at BONNY DOON. Today he produces Rhône styles under the Terre Rouge label, while his Easton label supplies good fruit-driven, spicy Barbera and more serious Zinfandel as well as H House, (a soft easy blend of Cabernet and Syrah), Cabernet Sauvignon and a Sauvignon Blanc. He is based in Amador County and his Shenandoah Valley vineyards are cooled due to their elevation. Syrah is the dominant red variety but in addition there is a Mourvèdre from the Sierra Foothills, minerally Viognier as well as Rousanne including an oxidized style Rox, a Muscat from the Shenandoah Valley and a white blend Enigma (Marsanne, Viognier and Roussanne). The Syrahs as yet offer a little more and are the main focus. The Tête a Tête (Syrah, Mourvèdre & Grenache) is soft and forward, as is the Syrah Côte de l’Ouest. More serious are both the Sierra Foothills and Sentinel Oak Vineyard Pyramid Block Syrahs. At its best the Sentinel bottling is structured and firm with good intensity, more in the style of Côte-Rôtie than Hermitage. Ascent Syrah is a fine barrel selection which sees more new oak: rich, almost opulent with impressive depth and concentration. Top reds will benefit from 4 or 5 years’ ageing. (DM)
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