Complex and juicy, this Lodi Zinfandel explodes with brambly fruit aromas as well as toasted coconut, sandlewood, tanned leather, clove, and freshly grated nutmeg. The palate is layered with fruit and spice showcasing blueberry, strawberry pie filling, sweet cherry, milk chocolate, graham cracker, thyme, and white pepper.
An outstanding vintage overall for wine quality, the yields were naturally low which led to highly concentrated fruit flavors. This Lodi Zinfandel was sourced from five signature vineyards in the heart of Lodi, producing a blend with great aromatics and old vine depth. All harvested in late September, the brix levels were right around 26 degrees. Fermentations were performed with a combination of Bayanus yeast strains to ferment the wine dry at higher alcohol levels. We then aged these wines in a combination of American and French Oak with 60% new wood. To add some structure and complexity to this vintage, we added Petite Sirah. Finally, a touch of Clarksburg Tempranillo was added to soften and add brightness.
This bold Zinfandel would pair exceptionally well with Mongolian BBQ or anything covered in a teriyaki sauce. Other recommended pairings would be a burger with BBQ potato chips, or a meat lover’s pizza.
13% Petite Sirah
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Top 100 Values of 2018 - Wine Enthusiast, June 2018
Gold Medal - Houston Rodeo 2018
90 Points, Best Buy - Wine Enthusiast, March 2018