Oak Barrels (Approximately 20% new French oak)
These old Zinfandel vines help to capture earthy aromas forest floor and eucalyptus. It is a light bodied wine with tastes of peppercorn and dried mushrooms. The finish is structured, yet smooth.
This vineyard has both head-trained and California T- Trellis trained vines. The vines are rather tall and need very little in the way of thinning due to their age. The ground is sandy-loam with light clay. Drip irrigation was installed a few years ago, though this is used sparingly to keep grape berry size small.
These grapes were shoot thinned, cluster thinned and leaves were pull during the growing season. Grapes were hand-picked and then delivered to Oak Farm Vineyards on September 8th, 2017. Upon receiving the grapes, they were hand sorted at the winery and then de-stemmed to tank where they received a cold soak. The must was inoculated and fermentation was done in tank with regular timed pump overs. This wine was aged in 20% New French Oak and the rest was aged in neutral oak.
Lodi Vineyards predominantly have a sandy loam soil. Often described at the “Zinfandel Capital of the World” as it produces an estimated forty percent of California’s premium Zinfandel.