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2017 Keplinger Lithic

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March 10, 2024 - $36



94James Suckling

This is a dense, layered red with blackberry, licorice and dried-meat aromas and flavors. Full body, dusty tannins and a flavorful finish. Smoky underlay to the juicy-fruit aftertaste.

94Jeb Dunnuck

...notes of cassis and blueberry fruits, medium to full body, ripe, building tannins, and a great finish.

93The Wine Advocate

...earthy/savory nose of truffles, fertile loam and crushed rocks over a core of baked plums, blackberry pie and raspberry preserves plus hints of chargrill and garrigue. Full-bodied and solidly constructed with firm, grainy tannins and bold freshness, if finishes long and earthy.

92Wine Spectator

Precise and expressive, with elegantly layered black cherry, grilled anise and smoked meat accents that build structure and richness toward refined tannins.

91Vinous / IWC

Aromatically giving and yet also quite deep, the Lithic is powerful and exquisitely beautiful... Dried herbs, crushed flowers and lavender are some of many nuances that add complexity to the inky dark blueish fruits...


United States, California, Sierra Foothills, Amador County

Sierra Foothills AVA is in the western foothills of the Sierra Nevada Mountains, and it includes parts of eight counties. With total acreage of 2.6 million acres, and nearly 6,000 vineyard acres, it is one of the largest appellations in California. Wine grapes were planted in the foothills during the Gold Rush in the mid-19th century and the appellation was officially recognized in 1987. There are five sub-appellations within the Sierra Foothills region, and more than 100 wineries, most small and family-owned. Zinfandel is the most successful wine grape in this region, though Syrah, Cabernet Sauvignon and Chardonnay are also planted.