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 fruitwith an intensity of varietal character and silky texture.
2018 has been much steadier year than in the past 4 years, ashigh heat has not been an issue. The quality of the grapes is first-rate, which is good news for Lodi’s famous Old Vine Zinfandel.The fruit looked beautiful, and without any rush, the harvest began the first week of September and continued in a gradual,steady manner.
78% of our NVX Roséis fermented by Carbonic Maceration,a winemaking technique often associated with the French wineregion of Beaujolais.The fruit is fermented in a carbondioxide rich environment, with twice daily pumpovers for color extraction without the addition of oxygen. The remaining 22% is made in the saignée method (meaning “bleeding” in French), which involves making Rosé as a by-product of red wine fermentation, where aportion of the pink juice from the grape must is removed at an early stage. This juice is then fermented separately to produce Rosé.
Tasting Notes and Food Pairing
This medium-bodied, Beaujolais-style Rosé produces bright bold flavors with hints of strawberry, blackberry, plum and spice. The Rosé should be served slightly chilled to bring the fruit forward which follows with a long finish. This wine is meant to be drunk young to celebrate the harvest.This is one of the easiest wines to pair with food. In fact, it is our favorite winter holiday wine at Judd’s Hill. From turkey to enchiladas, sweet potatoes to ham, and any other traditional foods for the holidays are all a perfect match. The up-front fruit is bright on the palate and can stand up to salty foods as well as spicy foods.
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