Lodi, California is the unofficial “Zinfandel Capital of the World”
Lodi is located in San Joaquin County, California, in the northern portion of California’s Central Valley. Lodi is known as the “Old Vine Zinfandel Capital of the World”. The Lodi Appellation is well-respected for its Zinfandel and other eclectic wine varietals, along with its focus on sustainability under the Lodi Rules program. Lodi was awarded the “2015 Wine Region of the Year” by Wine Enthusiast Magazine.
The AVA gained approval as a designated wine growing area in 1986 and includes 551,000 acres of which 103,000 acres are currently planted with wine grapes. Lodi has a Mediterranean climate similar to that along the Mediterranean Sea, with warm days and cool nights. The soil, unlike many other appellations, varies within the AVA, though in most places it is a deep loam that occasionally is covered with large rocks.
BLEND: Zinfandel (87%), Petite Sirah (10%), Syrah (3%)
AGING: 15 months in French (90%) and American Oak (10%)
AVA: The Zinfandel comes from sustainably farmed ranches surrounding the Mokelumne River, where some of Lodi’s oldest, angriest vines are farmed. The area is warm and sunny, with cool “Delta Breezes” and diverse soils composed primarily of granite cobble. A small portion of old vine Zin comes from a unique volcano-facing small vineyard. The Syrah and Petite Sirah (Zin’s best friend) come from upper bench Dry Creek Valley vineyards.