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“Disappointing customer service - again”
Review of Andis Wines

Andis Wines
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Owner description: Opened in November of 2010, Andis Wines is a modern boutique winery located in historic Amador County in the heart of California's beautiful Sierra Foothills. Our focus: seeking out the best vineyards in the Sierra Foothills to craft delicious wines with balance, character and complexity. All of our fruit is hand sorted and fermented in small lots to promote diversity of style and varietal correctness. Using both traditional and innovative winemaking approaches, Andis Wines have quickly garnered 90+ point scores in Wine Spectator and Wine Enthusiast, glowing reviews in print and online media, and placements in some of the finest restaurants in Northern California and Hawaii.Our building: a state-of-the-art winemaking facility built with a "green" design. The spacious tasting room offers picturesque vineyard views of surrounding Amador wine country with comfortable picnic areas to spend time with family and friends. Our contemporary design, gracious staff, and commitment to making superior wines make Andis a must-stop on your Amador wine tasting adventure. Open daily, 11am-4:30pm.
Reviewed May 1, 2012

Andis is best known for its Sauvignon Blanc, and its sparkling wine is rich and creamy. The winery is also rightly proud of its Cab Franc, Barbera, and Painted Fields (a blend), as well as the Zinfandel and Syrah for which this region is well known. Unfortunately, the tasting list is very short with only six wines available. Most wines are distributed through the wine club or to local restaurants and retail wine shops.

If there is one thing Andis could definitely improve upon, it would be customer service. Tasting room staff on both occasions appeared to care little about their visitors, and knew little about the sources of the grapes, wine production methods, or history of the winery. On a previous attempt to join the wine club, numerous calls produced no response. On this visit, we were not even asked if we’d like to join. People make the difference, and the lack of customer engagement does not encourage returning visits.

Thank docyjk
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Reviewed February 20, 2012

I visited the winery with a group of 8 old school friends over President's Day weekend. One of our group had won a private tour of the winery, with the winemaker Mark McKenna, in a silent auction. We had also read some good reviews of the winery, so this seemed like a great opportunity.

Our jump off point was Davis, CA (west of Sacramento), which proved to be about an hour and 20 minutes away. Very easy drive, the last half of which was quite picturesque, as we moved into the Sierra Nevada foothills.

We had already made a stop at another winery (Bray, also very good), when we arrived at Andis, so we settled outside for a little noshing, and bought a bottle of the 2009 Zinfandel to with our food. The Zin was nicely balanced, not as strongly fruit-forward as many. A good match with our cheese, bread, fruit, pasta, and prosciutto.

While we were eating, Mark came out to meet us, saw that we were lacking a pasta serving utensil, and so ran back inside to get one for us! Very good first sign.

When we finished eating, Mark led us back to a conference room. We then worked our way into their tasting list, while Mark gave us an overview of each wine, and answered a lot of questions. We had a great view of the surrounding countryside throughout, as Andis sits on top of a small hill.

The wines were uniformly excellent; so much so, that I think most in our group had different ones as their favorites. I remember the Barbera, Zinfandel (per above), Cabernet Franc (believe it or not, 100% Cab Franc) Pettite Sirah, and the Painted Fields blend as being particularly good. The 2009 Barbera was as good as I've had anywhere in CA. It was nicely balanced, not very fruity, some tannins, and a nice finish. The 2009 Pettite Sirah was my favorite. Beautiful deep purple color, great layering of fruits and tannins, and already quite smooth. The 2009 Painted Fields is a unique blend of Zin, Syrah, and Mouvedre; no easy description, but complex and well-balanced, certainly. And, while a good stand-alone Cab Franc is a hard thing to make, Andis has done so, based in great part on a relationship with a grower with a particularly good block. In fact, that's one of the attractive things about their wines. Mark has worked in the Amador valley for 20 years and clearly has an excellent understanding of where to go to get some of the best grapes there. He described this process for us in some detail, including some intense little competitions that occurred.

(A side note here -- one point of discussion was on which wines are best from Amador Valley. Mark mentioned Zinfandels and Barberas, noting that while both are very good, good Zinfandels can be many places (e.g., Paso Robles, Napa), but that good Barbera regions are hard to find. Potentially a very good selling point for the region. Indeed, in visiting several other wineries in the area, had only good Barberas).

We then had a chance to tour the barrel room and do some barrel tastings, including the 2010 Pettite Sirah and 2010 Painted Fields, both of which were very good. The 2010 Painted Fields is a very different blend, involving Cabernet Sauvignon (forget the other varietals). It's worth noting that the Painted Fields blend varies dramatically from year to year. The 2008 blend had no less than 13 varietals (believe that 4-5 Portugese types were added in small amounts). It's basically Mark's yearly chance to step outside the single varietal mainstream and create based on the fruits of the year. One interesting detail in this was his use of Mouvedre. He used it in both the 2008 and 2009 blends, and assumed he'd do so again in 2010. However, when he first tasted it, he realized it was far better than in previous years, so decided to bottle it by itself, and do a very different blend. We tasted the 2010 Mouvedre, which was also very nice. Believe it is just now being released for sale.

At the end of the tour Mark took us back to the conference room, and took some time to answer additional questions. All in all, he easily spent two hours with us, was very accommodating, and provided some really interesting insights into the wine business, the region, and Andis. We all felt a lot of confidence in Andis's ability to produce good wines now and in the future. Several of us joined the wine club.

One other thing to note. The price point is excellent on these wines. Prices for the wines mentioned here range from $18 to $28. Only exception is the Pettite Sirah at $34.

Thank chezbeach
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Reviewed January 12, 2012

One of the newest entrants in the Shenandoah viticultural area, Andis is going all out to establish themselves as one of the premier producers in the area. Winemaker Mark has great credentials and the wines are showing character and refinement uncommon for such a fledgling operation. The hospitality needs a bit of polish, but the facility and wine are good enough to overcome this flaw.

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