2018 Zinfandel (Mohr-Fry Ranches)
Single Vineyard Series
Mohr-Fry Ranches - Block 417
Oak Barrels, 20% new French oak.
It is a medium bodied Zinfandel with aromas of jasmine and bright cherry. The finish is structured, with an understated lingering elegance.
Block 417 was the first vineyard in Lodi to be Lodi Rules Certified (2005) and Historical Vineyard Certified. These head trained, own-rooted vines were planted in 1945. The block is 14.88 acres, vines are spaced out at a 10x10 spacing for a total of approximately 6,472 vines. Soil is a fine Tokay sandy loam. Production averages around 3.5 tons to the acre per year.
Before harvest, this vineyard was shoot thinned and leaves were pulled to help concentrate the fruit and create the best possible grapes available. Grapes were hand-picked and then delivered to Oak Farm Vineyards on September 17, 2018. Upon receiving the grapes, they were hand sorted at the winery and then destemmed to tank where they received a 24-hour 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.
The agricultural history of the Mohrs and Frys extends back to the year 1855 where Cornelius Mohr left his current job to start farming diversified row crops including tomatoes, sugar beets, and wheat in Mt. Eden. Cornelius Mohr’s grand-daughter Marian Mohr married Jeryl R. Fry Sr. They both extended the farming operation to the San Joaquin County in 1955. In 1965 the Mohr- Fry family purchased Block 417 from JJ Mettler. Today, Fifth Generation, Bruce Fry, now farms and harvests Block 417 along with several hundred other acres and 12 other varieties of grapes. In 2016 Jerry and Bruce fry won Grower of the Year from the California Association of Wine Grape Growers.