Cooper Ranch Amador County
Andis Winery, the sleek, chic, and ultra modern winery in Plymouth, CA, is owned by the husband and wife team of Andy and Janis Friedlander who alternate between Amador County and Hawaii where both are still involved with real estate development. Mark McKenna, winemaker, has done a fantastic job of producing some very fine wines. I often refer to Barbera as the Rodney Dangerfield of wines as it "gets no respect". Well, that is changing and the Amador County Barbera wines have been instrumental in hastening this change of attitude. Barbera has become the darling of Amador County and Cooper Ranch Barbera may well be the Prince of Amador.
The Cooper Ranch Andis Barbera 2011 is a rich, complex, and simply delicious wine with great mouthfeel and a nice touch of acidity on the finish. Although I wrote earlier that Barbera "gets no respect" I should have continued to write that "people just drink it". And that is exactly what I do whenever a bottle of Andis Cooper Ranch Barbera is opened. Recently, Biba and I enjoyed a bottle at dinner with Cotolette alla Milanese. But it goes well with almost all food, it’s so good.
For the entire month of September 2015 Biba Restaurant is offering the 2011 Andis Cooper Ranch Barbera at the reduced price of $40 per 750 ml bottle or $10 per glass. I think you will agree it is a gem.
The tasting room is located at 11000 Shenandoah Road, Plymouth, CA 95669. Tel: (209) 2456177. Web site: www.andiswines.com