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 2013 vintage of the Lodi Zinfandel continues to draw from 14 superb Zinfandel vineyards. The grapes come from the famous Zinfandel growing area of Lodi where warm days and cool nights have ripened Zinfandel to perfection for over 100 years.
6 Months in 35% new French oak is used, with a medium toast level, which contributes a delicate toasty vanilla character to the wine without masking the abundant fruit. Severe selection criteria and master blending show in the final product, which showcases a wide array of dark berry fruit including black cherry and strawberry. Additionally, spice notes and a lasting finish of vanilla from oak aging and firm, supple tannins add complexity to this wine. This wine is ready to drink now and will continue to develop complexity over the next three to four years.
It pairs well with charcuterie, gumbo or grilled steak.