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REGION: Amador (Shenandoah Valley)
11093 Shenandoah Rd
Plymouth, CA 9
(209) 245-6150
Thurs-Tues 10:00-4:00


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Wine: 9.8
Facilities: 9.5
Hospitality: 9.4

Reservations: Suggested
Pet Policy: Outiside, on leash
Sustainability: Organic practices
Carbon Usage: Working on it

Amador Cellars

It’s a family affair. Larry and Linda Long took a family full of teenagers and transplanted them to the middle of wine country to pursue their passion for making wine. Larry uprooted existing vines and replanted with 16 acres of mostly Mediterranean varieties which are sustainably and meticulously hand-tended and cropped in small yields. The children caught the wine bug and now help run the place. Michael went off to Fresno State to study enology and took over as head winemaker in 2013. Ashley studied communications and business and now handles the business end of things when she’s not assisting in the cellar. 

The quality of wine coming from Amador Cellars cannot be overstated. The intensity and complexity of everything bottled is remarkable. We know of no other winery in the region (and perhaps even in the state) that has as many diverse offerings of such consistent high quality. They spend virtually nothing on advertising, and instead put all of their resources into their wines. You will find Amador Cellar wines lighting up our Panel Selections and Panel Favorites in a number of categories.  

The tasting room is situated in the middle of the action in the Tuscan-style winery and cellar. Larry, Linda, Michael, and Ashley are usually hanging around and are excited to tell you all about the wines and the happenings at the winery. A freshly renovated barn in the middle of the vines serves as a center for special events and weddings. Check their website or call ahead to see food offerings and musical happenings.

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9.8 - 10   World Class

9-6 - 9.7  Exceptional

9.4 - 9.5  Excellent

9.2 - 9.3  Very Good

9.0 - 9.1  Good

8.5 - 8.9  Acceptable 

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