Delight your palate with the smooth complexity of supple tannins that mingle with flavors of dark berry, black cherry, strawberry, spice notes, and a lasting vanilla finish.
Selecting fruit for the Lodi Zinfandel program is a daunting task; the primary focus is harmony, with an emphasis on early drinkability and an elegant structure. The 2014 vintage of the Lodi Zinfandel continues to draw from 11 superb Zinfandel vineyards. The grapes come to us from the famous Zinfandel growing area of Lodi where warm days and cool nights have ripened Zinfandel to perfection for over 100 years.
To create this wine, we begin by entirely de-stemming and only lightly crushing the grapes to preserve fruit and limit harsh tannin extraction. Then, a moderately warm fermentation is conducted in closed stainless steel tanks using a specific wine yeast. Wines are pressed once desired tannin levels are achieved, then free run and press wine is combined. By racking the wines two or even three times before setting them down to wood for 6 months, we achieve early elegance without sacrificing bright fruit. We use 35% new French oak with a medium toast level, which contributes a delicate toasty vanilla character to the wine without masking the abundant fruit.