The Cranston brothers own and farm about 400 acres of grapes in Acampo, just north of Lodi. It is their Old Vine Vineyard that is the source of the Zinfandel fruit for our 2017 Rose. The well-drained, sandy loam soils of this 85 year-old vineyard provide consistently true-to-varietal fruit. Lodi’s diverse soils were formed thousands of years ago through geological events and alluvium deposits. Two major rivers originating in the Sierra Nevada mountain range feed the Lodi appellation: the Mokelume and Consumnes. These rivers have brought soils rich in granite-based minerals that lend complex flavors to the wines of Lodi.
The excessive winter and spring rains led to considerable vigor in the vines, requiring more canopy management to get the vines in balance. As August and September rolled around, a long and intense heat wave brought the sugars up quickly, which translated into an early harvest. The grapes were harvested early at low Brix with good acid. Parts of the lots were pressed as whole clusters, with the balance then destemmed and pressed. The juice had a long and cool fermentation, which helps preserve fruit aromatics and freshness.
|Wine Style||Rosé Wine|
|Acid||6.35 g/l TA|
|Aging||six months in stainless steel tanks|