Posts Tagged ‘Cabernet Sauvignon’

Lodi’s thirty-six % solution: delicious wines from less familiar grapes

June 3rd, 2014
Lodi’s thirty-six % solution:  delicious wines from less familiar grapes

One of the more interesting things to come along over the past year have been the “Seven % Solution” tastings popping up here and there.  Originally conceived by a Healdsburg wine retailer, the 7% is in reference to the idea that 93% of the wine grape acreage in California’s North Coast consists of just eight grapes, going into most of the popular varietal wines sold today:  Cabernet Sauvignon, Merlot, Pinot Noir, Syrah, Zinfandel, Petite Sirah, Chardonnay, and Sauvignon Blanc. However, the Lodi AVA – California’s largest single winegrowing region – skews the 7% formulation somewhat.  Lodi is steady in multiple.. VIEW MORE »

A tribute to a family patriarch: Viñedos Aurora’s new Don Victor

May 23rd, 2014
A tribute to a family patriarch:  Viñedos Aurora’s new Don Victor

The 2010 Viñedos Aurora Don Victor Lodi Reserva de la Casa ($39) is a deep, dark, brawny and rippling red wine; produced from Cabernet Sauvignon (60%) and Petite Sirah (40%) sourced completely from the 40-acre Clements Hills-Lodi AVA vineyard farmed by the four Anaya brothers – Victor Jr., Ramon, Armando and Gerardo. Despite the Don Victor’s swarthy masculinity, there is also a sweet note of blueberryish fruit singing the wine’s sun bronzed Lodi origin, while mildly smoky, vanillin French oak adds a brush of elegance – think of a smiling, raggedy haired Viggo Mortensen in a velvet jacket, right about to.. VIEW MORE »

Giant leap taken by Lodi wines at 2014 San Francisco Chronicle Wine Competiton

January 20th, 2014
Giant leap taken by Lodi wines at 2014 San Francisco Chronicle Wine Competiton

The results of the 2014 San Francisco Chronicle Wine Competition held earlier this month are in, and Lodi American Viticultural Area grown wines have fared better than ever! This year wines with Lodi on the label took home a total of 201 medals:  36 of them gold medals; and out of those, 3 earning double-golds (meaning, unanimously proclaimed gold medal winners within their respective judging committees).  Compare this to last year’s SFCWC, when Lodi wines received 19 golds (including 3 double-golds); or the 2012 competition, when Lodi also took 19 golds (with 2 double-golds). How stiff was the competition?  The.. VIEW MORE »

Lodi’s latest Cabernet Sauvignon releases

October 8th, 2013
Lodi’s latest Cabernet Sauvignon releases

Zinfandel, as everyone knows, has always been Lodi’s big schtick; which is why it’s easy to forget that this American Viticultural Area is easily California’s largest grower of grapes like Cabernet Sauvignon and Chardonnay.  Lodi, in fact, crushes more Cabernet Sauvignon than Napa and Sonoma combined. Where does all this Cabernet Sauvignon go?  Most of it into the fermenting vats of big wineries, of course; and quite a bit of it blended anonymously with Cabernet Sauvignon bottlings from other regions, like Napa Valley and Paso Robles.  As old-timers like to point out, this is why there’s a Lodi Lane in the.. VIEW MORE »

Lodi’s Mediterranean identity reflected by huge diversity of grapes

September 25th, 2013
Lodi’s Mediterranean identity reflected by huge diversity of grapes

Harvest is a great time of year for photographing wine grapes, which become the most identifiable by their colors, shapes and overall morphology during that fleeting window just before they are picked. Because Spring bud break and flowering occurred as much as two weeks ahead of normal in 2013, Lodi‘s harvest commenced during the first week of August with earlier ripening grapes like Sauvignon Blanc and Chardonnay, and higher acid/lower sugar Pinot Noir destined for sparkling wine production. Traditionally, harvesting of black skinned grapes for the making of fuller bodied red wines doesn’t start in earnest until mid-September, but this.. VIEW MORE »