2020 Zinfandel Lodi

The color of this wine is as expressive as the aromatics itself with a glowing light ruby and garnet color in the glass. Once you open the bottle, the wine explodes with cherry leather, rhubarb, Santa Rosa plums, and white peach flesh. There is also an elevated tone of freshly grated cocoa and crushed cloves. After allowing the wine to open, the blue fruits start to shine with wild blue and black bramble that float above a growing vine of violets. Structurally the wine has a silky viscosity upfront and transitions to a lasting grip that softens with time in the bottle. For food pairings I would suggest something with a bit of kick to amplify the fruit profile – think Korean BBQ, al Pastor, or curried and fried cauliflower. Drink now – 2025

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/ 2020 Old Vine Zinfandel
SKU: 2020-ZN-Lodi
Wine Specs
Harvest Date
September 4, 2017
26.5ยบ Brix
6.2 g/L
American Oak
Bottling Date
May 5, 2019
Alcohol %
Wine Profile
Tasting Notes
Thick and glass-coating, this 2017 Old Vine Zinfandel is rich and bold on the nose, layered with honeyed blackberry, ripe black cherry, juicy plum, boysenberry pie, and black pepper with a hint of soft, sweet spice and lightly toasty vanilla. Soft tannins combine with balanced acidity, juicy black fruit, and vanilla along with notes of graphite and spicy oak on the palate.
Vineyard Notes
Flat, hot and old. These grapes come from head-trained vines between 65 and 85 years old.
Production Notes
The 2017 Zinfandel was at the effect of the late summer heat wave as many varietals were. Many grapes would not get picked soon enough due to the heat and these grapes were not an exception. Higher than normal ripeness had us treat this as a late harvest wine. Characteristic of this varietal, more sugars were released during fermentation. The yeast could not complete the fermentation and required a new start with a new yeast protocol. The high alcohol was the villain. The upside is a dense, fruity, and bold wine.
Winemaker Notes
The overripe grapes presented a challenge from start to finish. But the kind of challenge a professional tinkerer wants to deal with. These grapes actually released more sugar during fermentation and we got dealt a stuck fermentation, the high sugar caused high alcohol, which killed the yeast. We initiated a new fermentation with a heartier yeast and at the same time in the peak of winter the temperatures got cold which continued to stick the fermentation so I wrapped the barrels with electric blankets turned up high. The wine finished slowly over the next ten months. We have a classic late harvest Zinfandel - bold fruit, bold alcohol, and bold flavor.
Food Pairing Notes
Pairs well with barbequed pork ribs, leg of lamb, and red-sauced pizza and pasta dishes.

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