2012 Oak Farm Vineyards "Wegat Vineyard" Lodi Zinfandel

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According to the winery: "This Zinfandel has the distinct flavors synonymous with west side Lodi Zinfandel. Exotic wild dark berries and complex earthy loam aromas draw you into this wonderfully rich and luscious wine. Bursting with juicy dark fruit and soft supple tannins, the character a concentrated fruit carries through to the finish. This vineyard is a head trained vineyard grown on the west side of the Lodi Appellation, in a smaller sub appellation know as Mokelumne River AVA. Planted in 1958 on St. George rootstock, it has become one of the premier and distinct vineyards of Lodi AVA. Field grafted and tended by the Maley Brothers Vineyards since its inception, the vineyard has consistently produced premium quality Zinfandel wines. Grapes were hand picked in the morning and gently destemmed to a temperature controlled stainless steel tank. The must cold soaked, and then pump overs were performed 2-3 times daily with the onset of fermentation. After pressing off the skins, the wine was transferred to oak barrels where it underwent malolactic fermentation. The wine was aged for more than 12 months in oak barrels, with 25% being new French oak barrels, 12% new American oak barrels, and the balance being neutral oak barrels."

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- The bid to name Zinfandel California's "State Varietal" may have failed, but this red wine grape, grown extensively in California since the mid-1800s, is grown in few other places in the world. Sadly, much of what's cultivated today is planted where it's too hot and flat. But when planted to well-drained, hillside vineyards that are warm but not too hot, like those in Sonoma County's Dry Creek Valley and Amador County in the Sierra Foothills, Zinfandel can produce wines with plenty of character. High in natural alcohol and tannin, grown carefully it can be rich and complex, with dark fruit berry fruit and peppery spice. The most known example of Zinfandel outside of California is Italy's Primitivo, which can be similar in style, but is often a bit lighter and less alcoholic than West Coast examples.

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Central Valley/Lodi

- With a reputation for bulk wine and table grapes, little to no quality wine has emerged from the expansive Central Valley since companies like Franzia and Gallo staked their claim here. The exception are new wine ventures in sub-AVAs Lodi and Clarksburg, home to jammy zinfandels and surprisingly distinguished chenin blancs respectively.
Alcohol Content (%): 15