2015 Hatterle Zinfandel
Mr. Hatterle has been farming this vineyard for almost 50 years. The Zinfandel was planted in 1930 on its own roots and has never been grafted. This wine is a true expression of Zinfandel with its roots deep in the soils of Lodi. Unearth a rare and powerful example of Lodi’s finest.
The grapes for this wine come from a lone surviving 1-acre block of Carignane. It has been dry farmed to produce some of the smallest most concentrated grapes I have seen. The dark rich color and body of this wine are the result of such fruit. This extremely limited wine saw 100% French oak.
2015 Stem Theory
This is my best vintage of Stem Theory yet. 75% Cabernet Franc, 20% Cabernet Sauvignon, 5% Petit Verdot and a touch of new French oak are what this great wine is made of. An addition of grape stems into the fermentation process gives this wine a style unique from other wines in the region. Join the experiment!
2014 Broken Vine Zinfandel
This is my 3rd year making wine from Bob Schulenburg’s vineyard. These vines are over 60 years old and produce small Zinfandel clusters with small berry size. For this vintage I fermented a little over a third of the wine with native yeast. I then put the wine in 2nd year barrels that had been used for Pinot Noir and aged it for 16 months.
This small block of Mourvedre farmed by Ron Silva in the Alta Mesa AVA of Lodi eeks out 4 tons per acre. Mourvedre tends to take its time to ripen, waited around till the end of October for this one. This was my first time working with this fruit and it was not an easy go of it; however, with a lot of love and late night punch downs I was able to create a wine that I really enjoy and I think you will too. The wine spent 16 months in 100% French oak barrels.