Wednesday, November 15, 2017

Lodi Old-Vine Zinfandel Virtual Tasting

Today we are pleased to be participating in an intriguing event: A Lodi Old-Vine Zinfandel Virtual Tasting as part of National Zinfandel Day 2017 festivities.  Please look for more information about the event at www.facebook.com/LodiWine or on Twitter or Instagram via #lodiwine and #LodiOldVineZin tags.

Of course, you can always find the most expressive and descriptive reviews right here, on Spirit of Wine.  But you already knew that!!

Below are tasting notes for the wines offered as part of the Virtual Tasting:


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Check out today's pricing and retail availability for Fields Family Wines Old Vine Zinfandel.

Original tasting and review : This is Fields Family Wines Old Vine Zinfandel, Stampede Vineyard, Clements Hills, Lodi, CA, 2014, finished at 14.3% alcohol and first sampled three years from vintage date, in November, 2017.

Inspired by this wine: My uncle passed me a cigar, we chatted about times past.

In the glass: Deep brick with hints of orange and maroon.

On the nose: Poured at room temperature and swirled vigorously, shows deep, savory sage and tobacco.  From the aroma, seems like this may be bright, funky and playful.

On the palate: The primary elements on the palate are in fact even a bit brighter and more playful than anticipated, with perky raspberry acids coating the fruit up into your nose.  Lingering bright red fruit finish.

In summary: Overall, rates a solid three stars for its perky power on the five-star Spirit of Wine scale

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Check out today's pricing and retail availability for Earthquake Zinfandel.

Original tasting and review : This is Earthquake Zinfandel, Michael David Winery, Lodi, CA, 2014, finished at 15.0% alcohol and first sampled three years from vintage date, in November, 2017.  There is a touch of petite sirah blended with the zinfandel.

Inspired by this wine: Zipping up a down vest against the chill, looking forward to a walk along the woodland lane. 

In the glass: Deep magenta at the rim, moving towards opaque black in the center.

On the nose: Poured at room temperature and swirled vigorously, shows deep black berry and surrounding oak.  From the aroma, seems like this may be full, lush and savory.

On the palate: The primary elements on the palate are in fact much as anticipated, with a deep wave of full black berry fruit being the first attack, followed by soft, bright touches of oak and tannins.  A modest finish lifts with some cleansing acids.

In summary: Overall, rates three stars with a big plus for depth and power on the five-star Spirit of Wine scale

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Check out today's pricing and retail availability for Ironstone Rous Vineyard Zinfandel.

Original tasting and review : This is Ironstone Vineyards Ancient Vines Zinfandel Reserve, Rous Vineyard, Lodi, CA, 2015, finished at 15.0% alcohol and first sampled two years from vintage date, in November, 2017.  Vines are a remarkable 106 years old.

Inspired by this wine: Grandpa is taking me to the basement to hunt for some of those long-buried boxes of treasure!

In the glass: Deep bordeaux-colored center with light orange bricking at the edge.

On the nose: Poured at room temperature and swirled vigorously, shows a layered, dusty, sweet aged oak.   From the aroma, seems like this may be full with depth and sophistication.

On the palate: The primary elements on the palate are, at once, sweet, rich, dark, chalky, with fully ripe deep blackberry fruit and layers of sinuous oak.  It tapers graciously to a clean, deep, and just refreshing-enough finish.  Remarkable.

In summary: Overall, rates an impressive four stars, and touching a plus, on the five-star Spirit of Wine scale, recognizing its resinous depths.

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Check out today's pricing and retail availability for Harney Lane Old Vine Zinfandel.

Original tasting and review : This is Harney Lane Old Vine Zinfandel, Lizzy James Vineyard, Lodi, CA, 2014, finished at 15.7% alcohol and first sampled three years from vintage date, in November, 2017.

Inspired by this wine: We're readying chairs and blankets for the family to enjoy a high-energy Labor Day parade!

In the glass: Deep mahogany with bricking at the edge.

On the nose: Poured at room temperature and swirled vigorously, shows an energetic candy apple upfront, with soft fruit behind.   From the aroma, seems like this may be fun and expressive.

On the palate: The primary elements on the palate are in fact black fruit surrounded with subtle wash of clean white sugar.  Oak elements poke through the sweetness to bring depth and layers.  The finish is a slow fade to a rounded, clean wisp of fruit, pulling for the next sip.

In summary: Overall, just touches four stars on the five-star Spirit of Wine scale, representing both depth, layers and an unmistakeable friendliness and expressive invitation. 

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