Sierra Vista Winery

Published July 28, 2013

A brilliant representation of Chardonnay is at Sierra Vista Winery. One of the first wineries to start producing wine in El Dorado County, Sierra Vista’s leader, John MacCready planted grapes on their own roots. The risk in doing this is that his roots may be susceptible to phyloxera. Back when European vines died from the louse, they grafted European vines onto Native American root stock because it had developed a resistance. But MacCready wondered if the grafted ones taste different than grapes grown on their own roots. And he’s had no phyloxera since 1972!

Taste their wines to see the difference for yourself. His wines have brilliant typicity, a flavor that is represented by its origin and a true representation of that grape’s potential.

More appellation adventures from my month in this region.


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