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Sierra Foothills

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.

2018 Turley Sadie Upton Vineyard Zinfandel

VN  94-94+    

2019 Bedrock Wine Company Esola Vineyard Zinfandel

VN  94   

2020 Bedrock Wine Company Esola Vineyard Zinfandel

VN  95   

2005 Elyse Naggiar Vineyard C'est Si Bon

RP  90   

2006 Elyse Naggiar Vineyard C'est Si Bon

Label condition issue

2009 Elyse Naggiar Vineyard C'est Si Bon

Lightly depressed cork

2016 Favia Quarzo Syrah

JD  96   
WA  95   
VN  94   
WS  91   

2017 Aonair Grenache Blend

2014 The Withers Winery Bel Canto

6-bottle Lot, 1.5ltr

2018 Tessier Winery Fenaughty Vineyard Syrah

Light label condition issue

1995 Renwood Amador Ice Zinfandel


Light capsule condition issue; heavy label condition issue

1991 Santino Old Vine Fiddletown Zinfandel

Top shoulder fill

2016 Matthew Rorick Wines Shake Ridge Vineyard The End of Nowhere Primitivo

2001 Laraine Gerber Vineyards Merlot

2015 Vina Castellano La Borracha

Light label condition issue