Our 2014 Old Vine Zinfandel opens with complex aromas of g, plum, and blackberry cobbler. On the palate, black raspberry and cinnamon dominate. In the background, coconut and vanilla indicate the presence of American oak aging. Well-balanced with soft tannins, this Zinfandel will complement a variety of dishes but pairs particularly well with grilled meat. Enjoy this wine with lamb, hamburgers with caramelized onion or rib eye steak.
The grapes used to make this wine were sourced from multiple locations, most notably Lodi. The Lodi AVA is located in the Central Valley of California, at the northern edge of the San Joaquin Valley, east of the San Francisco Bay. Lodi wine country has a climate that is cooled by winds and fog from the San Francisco Bay. Because of a break in the coastal mountain range to the west, Lodi wineries enjoy a more moderate climate than many other regions. Lodi’s terrain is composed of well-drained, mineral-rich soils. quality grapes.
With another year in the record books, the 2014 vintage came in at the third-largest grape harvest ever, down eight percent from the previous year. A mild winter and spring with drought conditions persisting, bud break occurred early. From southern to northern California winemakers have stated that it was an even earlier harvest then years before, starting with sparkling grapes in July and ending mid-October for later ripening varieties. Despite the drought, California will produce another great vintage. Arid conditions have given the grapes a chance to struggle, which thins out the vines and allows the clusters to gain concentration of flavor, intensity and complexity.