Lodi (Mokelumne River)
9/26/2019 and 9/02/2019
Oak Barrels (40% new, French and American oak)
This Zinfandel is bold in color and has aromas of ripe blueberry, cedar, and red raspberry. Earthy characteristics like autumn leaves, and mushrooms intertwine with black pepper, and licorice on the palate. This wine is velvety with a structured and smoky finish.
This Zinfandel comes from two different vineyards. The first making up 60% of the Zinfandel in this blend is Hohenrieder vineyard. Hohenrieder vineyard is east of 99 and just barley in the Jahant sub AVA. It was planted in 1964 and has sandy loam soils. This vineyard is responsible for the eucalyptus and fruity characteristics in this wine. The second vineyard in this Zinfandel is Mohr-Fry Vineyard which makes up 30% of the Zinfandel in this wine. This vineyard was planted in 1944 and is head trained and in the Mokelumne River sub AVA. This vineyard is responsible for the earthy notes in this Zinfandel. The 10% Petite Syrah comes from the Oak Farm Estate Vineyard. This variety helps to increase the color, mouthfeel and structure of the Zinfandel.
All of these grapes were hand picked from 3 separate vineyards in the morning and then gently hand sorted and de-stemmed. They were then transferred to a temperature controlled stainless steel tank for a cold soak. The must was then inoculated and fermentation was done in tank with regular timed pump overs. The wine was then pressed and transferred to oak barrels where it received 9 months of aging. It was aged in 40% new French and American Oak and the remaining barrels were neutral oak. Before bottling the vineyard lots were combined with 10% Petite Sirah.