These vines were planted over 110 years ago and are producing some of the loveliest Zinfandel on the east side of Lodi. The Schmiedt family is currently farming this vineyard and introduced me to this hidden gem. The wine is elegant and refined but still has plenty of fruit.
THE RETURN! 2016 Desolate
Way out on the fringes of the Lodi AVA is a vineyard farmed by Kiki Gomes. This is where I get my intensely flavored grapes for Desolate. It is a co fermented field blend of Petite Sirah, Petit Verdot and Syrah. Bold and strong with a pleasantly long lasting finish this wine is sure to impress!
2016 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.
This is my best vintage of Stem Theory yet. 75% Cabernet Franc, 25% Cabernet Sauvignon 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.
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