Posts Tagged ‘Zinfandel’

The Mokelumne River Viticultural Area (part 2) – winemakers talk dirty

March 28th, 2015
The Mokelumne River Viticultural Area (part 2) – winemakers talk dirty

  Continued from The Mokelumne River Viticultural Area (part 1) From sandy loams to loamy sands When Lodi winemakers extol the qualities of Mokelumne River AVA grown grapes and wines, almost universally they talk mostly about soil. It is topography and soil that distinguishes Mokelumne River from the six other sub-appellations of Lodi, and it is the variations of a single soil type – from sandy loams to loamy sands – that distinguish some parts of Mokelumne River from other parts of Mokelumne River. In the original 2005 petition submitted to the TTB for seven new American Viticultural Areas within.. VIEW MORE »

The Mokelumne River Viticultural Area (part 1)

March 26th, 2015
The Mokelumne River Viticultural Area (part 1)

Boundaries, heart and soul The Mokelumne River AVA (American Viticultural Area) is one of the seven sub-appellations located within the larger Lodi AVA established in August 2006 by the TTB (the U.S. Department of the Treasury’s Tax and Trade Bureau). The AVA is named after the Mokelumne River, which drains out of the Sierra Nevada Mountains into the San Joaquin River, meandering through the northern portion of the established appellation, with connecting creeks, sloughs, a canal and aqueduct running through its interior. To qualify as an AVA, every region must demonstrate historic reasons justifying its boundaries and identity. “Mokelumne” is.. VIEW MORE »

Elegant styles of Lodi Zinfandel

March 18th, 2015
Elegant styles of Lodi Zinfandel

  In our previous post (Is Zinfandel breaking out?) we cited a number of wine industry professionals who truly believe that Zinfandel can be made in more restrained, elegant styles – not unlike the finest Pinot Noirs or Burgundies – and that, in fact, we are beginning to see a paradigm shift towards that direction. What are some of the more elegant styles of Zinfandel coming out of the Lodi Viticultural Area today? Tom Hoffman of Heritage Oak Winery – located on the east side of Lodi’s Mokelumne River AVA – has almost stubbornly stuck with leaner, zestier styles of.. VIEW MORE »

Mikami proves that world class Zinfandel can come off young trellised vines

February 18th, 2015
Mikami proves that world class Zinfandel can come off young trellised vines

  Everybody knows that the best Zinfandels come from ancient, gnarly, head trained vines. Not. Try telling that to Jason Mikami, the owner/grower of Lodi’s Mikami Vineyards. Or to Mr. Mikami’s Vineyard Manager, Mike Manna – President/CEO of Manna Ranch Inc., one of Lodi’s most important vineyard management companies (cultivating over 2,600 acres) – or Kian Tavakoli, Mikami’s talented winemaker, who is based in Napa Valley. Mr. Mikami’s 15-acre Zinfandel vineyard was planted by Manna Ranch in 2006. The vineyard is located on the west side of the Mokelumne River AVA, the historic heart of Lodi wine country; but instead.. VIEW MORE »

Tizona by Bokisch’s Zinfandel is a new Lodi classic

February 4th, 2015
Tizona by Bokisch’s Zinfandel is a new Lodi classic

  The more consumers and wine critics have come to appreciate kinder, gentler, more feminine styles of California Zinfandel, the more they are appreciating Zinfandels grown in Lodi. Adding to that increasingly verdant vein, major Lodi growers Markus and Liz Bokisch have just released their first-ever Zinfandel; bottled under a brand new label – Tizona by Bokisch – to distinguish it from the Spanish varietal wines carrying their Bokisch Vineyards label. Tizona is the name of the sword wielded by the legendary 11th century Spanish warrior known as El Cid, signifying the Bokischs’ cutting-edge approach to winegrowing as well as their respect.. VIEW MORE »