The 2015 vintage was another great year for Lodi and for California as a whole. A whirlwind harvest began in August. Following a relatively dry winter, April rains and a mild summer led to perfectly matured fruit. The grapes coming in were described as high in quality, deep and intense in color, and showing balanced acidity with excellent structure.
The Lodi AVA, known as the “Zinfandel Capitol of the World,” is home to the Cranston Brothers, who own and farm about 400 acres of grapes in Acampo along the Mokelumne River, just north of the town of Lodi. The well-drained, sandy loam soils of the nearly 80 year-old Cranston Vineyard provide consistently delicious fruit with an intensity of varietal character and silky texture.
After 21 days in the tank, the wine was racked and put into 30% new, and 70% Neutral French oak for 20 months before bottling. An opaque deep ruby color in the glass, and having aromas of dark ripe blackberry as well as a slight hint of spice and smoke, this Zinfandel exemplifies the true varietal characteristics. Blueberries and black currants dance across the palate with a tannin structure that is well balanced by the purity and clarity of the acidity that leaves you wanting another sip.
Our Old Vine Zin has the perfect concentration of bright fruit to pair magnificently with any smoky, savory dish. At Judd’s Hill, we traditionally pair it with a sweet and spicy BBQ sauce with ribs, chicken or fish but it would also elevate any spicy Asian, Indian, or Latin inspired dish with fruit exploding across your palate.
|Wine Style||Red Wine|