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2014 Lodi Native Six Pack
LODI NATIVE is a collaborative project by winegrowers of like mind, living and working in the historic Lodi American Viticultural Area. Their mission: to turn the spotlight on the region’s heritage plantings – many of them dating back to the late 1800s – through sensible viticulture and minimalist winemaking practices, beginning with native yeast fermentation and use of no new oak. The focus is on Zinfandel, but on the taste of vineyards rather than varietal character or brand.
Respected wine writer, Alder Yarrow called the Lodi Native Project "one of the most exciting things to happen to California wine in years." Only 120 6-packs of the 2014 Lodi Natives were assembled. The wineries have sold out of the wines, so this is your only chance to purchase these one-of-a-kind wines. So act quick!
2014 Fields Family Wines Lodi Native Stampede Vineyard Zinfandel
Stampede Vineyard is a far east side vineyard located in Lodi's Clements Hills AVA; originally planted in the 1920's, with a second planting in the early 1940's, all predominately own-rooted. Jeff and John Perlegos are the current stewards of thes head trained vines; laid out in an unusual diamond pattern on 10 x 10 spacing, with a few scattered Mourvedre and Mission plants (picked with this Zinfandel). Soil types are Tokay and Kingdon fine sandy loams, not generally associated with Clements Hills.
2014 Maley Brothers Vineyards Lodi Native Wegat Vineyard Zinfandel
The Wegat Vineyard is a 21-acre planting of head trained vines, field budded on St. George rootstock by the Maley family in 1958. It is a quintessential “west side” Lodi vineyard: planted in fine sandy loam, yielding less than 3 tons/acre, from a unique clonal selection characterized by consistently loose clusters – all contributing to the round, lush, boysenberry/blueberry qualities long associated with Wegat.
2014 McCay Cellars Lodi Native Lot 13 Vineyard Zinfandel
Planted in 1915, Lot 13 is a McCay family-owned and grown head-trained, own-rooted estate vineyard. The vineyard is situated in a deep, loamy-sand pocket area in a u-shaped bend of the Mokelumne River on Lodi’s east side, increasingly becoming known as the
“Peninsula” within the “Victor Triangle.” Old Vine Zinfandels from this micro-section tend to be sleek, feminine, and perfumed in red fruit and savory, lavender-like spice notes.
2014 St.Amant Lodi Native Marian's Vineyard Zinfandel
Marian’s Vineyard is a revered 8.3-acre own-rooted Mokelumne River AVA growth, located south of the town of Lodi. It was originally planted in 1901 by a branch of the Mettler family on present-day Mohr-Fry Ranch; and today it is farmed by father-and-son Jerry and Bruce Fry. It is named for Marian Mohr Fry Zimmerman, the Fry family matriarch who passed away in 2007 at the age of 94. Marian’s deep sandy loam is extremely well drained (in many years, yielding less than 2 tons/acre); but in 2013 the vineyard produced nearly 30 tons of bold, concentrated fruit – a testament to how well it is farmed today, in accordance with Lodi Rules for Sustainable Winegrowing. The entirety of Marian’s goes to St. Amant Winery, founded by the late Tim Spencer (a Lodi icon).
2014 Macchia Lodi Native Maley's Lucas Road Vineyard Zinfandel
Farming in Lodi since the 1860s, the Maley family planted their Lucas Road block in the late 1970s. Located at the center of the Mokelumne River’s west side, the head-trained vines are grafted onto Freedom rootstock (labrusca/riparia/champini/vinifera). Like
similar plantings in this sub-area characterized by deep sandy loam, these matured vines now exude unique qualities of their own like peppercorn spices in violet, often blueberry-likefruit, and round, gentle textures.
2014 m2 Lodi Native Soucie Vineyard Zinfandel
m2′s Lodi Native Zinfandel is sourced from the oldest block of Soucie Vineyard; planted in 1916 and farmed by fifth generation Lodi native Kevin Soucie. The vines are own-rooted and head trained, and the soil – an extremely fine silt with the consistency of talcum powder – is a variation of the series found in Lodi’s Mokelumne River AVA’s far western edge, identified as Devries sandy loam. The site is also the closest to the Sacramento-San Joaquin River Delta’s cooling breezes in Lodi, resulting in distinctively lush, pungently earthy, terroir driven styles of Zinfandel.