The nose is distinctly intense and powerfully hedonistic with aromas of lychee nut, rose petal, acacia and orange blossom, with a background of mineral, candied orange, yellow peach, greengage, nougat, and toasted almond. Creamy and weighty in the mouth, the palate is rich and seamless. Accents of honey, almond, brioche and hazelnut, with crisp natural acidity and minerals complete the mouth feel. Approachable now, the 2016 Belle Côte will blossom with two years of cellaring and will continue to develop for a decade or more.
The mild spring and cooler summer in Monterey County give a chance of our Pinot Noir grapes to achieve the optimum maturity with great balance of acidity and flavor, and with deep color that is characteristic of Arroyo Seco Pinot Noir. The red fruit brightens across the palate, picking up raspberry and spice are balance by the French toasted oak aromas. Soft and silky through the middle, this wine crescendo on the finish leaves a vibrant, juicy memory in the mouth, with proper acidity and a pleasant mouth-feel
A key signature of Amador County Zins is a brambly, wild berry character. Four Vines Maverick Zin packs plenty of bramble with notes of tobacco, leather and black pepper. Tannins are well integrated and the wine is nicely balanced. It’s full-bodied with enough acidity to pair well with food. Think big flavors and rich meats when serving this wine. Pour alongside smoked ribs, lamb or a juicy grilled steak.