Our 2016 Plungerhead Old Vine Zinfandel holds a dark ruby color with aromas of brambly raspberry, fresh-from-the-oven cherry pie, cinnamon-infused tea, toasted cedar and clove. The flavors start with touches of Bing cherry, sweetened cranberry, raspberry jam, caramel and toasted coconut. The finish lingers with a medium body and notes of dried cranberry, Mexican vanilla and a round mouthfeel from American Oak aging.
This rich and briary 2016 Old Vine Zinfandel blend comes from a number of vineyards in Lodi and one from Paso Robles. Most of the Zinfandel comes from two vineyards in the Mokelumne district of Lodi (just to the North of the city of Lodi) which gives the blend some brambly fruit nuances with just a touch of pepper spice. Sourcing the Petite Sirah from the Mokelumne district and Mettler Vineyard adds depth to the blend with soft black raspberry and blackberry fruit notes. The Malbec and Petit Verdot are also from Mettler where the Malbec is rich blueberry fruit while the Petit Verdot imparts a deep color and velvety mouthfeel. The Merlot from French Camp Vineyards of Paso Robles adds roundness, grace and a hint of earthy Paso Robles terroir.
This 2016 Old Vine Zinfandel pairs well with ribs and more ribs. For the ultimate experience, add baked beans, coleslaw, grilled corn, and cornbread. Include anything that would make my cousins from Alabama feel at home! Grilled burgers with Swiss cheese and brown mustard or Hawaiian pizza would also pair well.
14% Petite Sirah
1% Petit Verdot
3% Paso Robles
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