Lodi received its designation as an AVA in 1986. Situated on 551,000 acres, Lodi contains sub-appellations Alta Mesa, Borden Ranch, Clements Hills, Cosumnes River, Jahant, Mokelumne River, and Sloughhouse. Lodi has a Mediterranean climate with warm days and cool nights. While the soil varies within the regions of Lodi, it mostly consists of a deep loam that is occasionally covered with large rocks and river stones. Best known for producing Zinfandel, Lodi's Old Vine Zinfandels have received world acclaim. Lodi also produces Merlot, Chardonnay, Cabernet Sauvignon, and Sauvignon Blanc.
Medium ruby purple in color. Bright and lively on the nose with aromas of strawberry jam, sweet oak spice, vanilla and blackberry pie. Though rich in fruit and spice, the palette is pleasantly light with a juicy cranberry-like acidity. Jammy berries, maple, cedarbox and black plum dominate while subtle flavors of bay leaf, dried oregano and mushroom provide complexity. Soft, chewy tannins provide structure and promise several years of aging in bottle, allowing the ample berry fruitiness to evolve and reveal more secondary savory notes.
100% STOKES VINEYARD
Proprietor and Winemaker, Rick Davis first met Bill Stokes, owner of Stokes Vineyard, over ten years ago while searching for old vine Zinfandel in the up-and-coming area of Lodi in San Joaquin County. The fruit from Stokes Vineyard never disappoints with richness and intensity that comes from old vines with subtle spice notes that all speak to the vineyard management and site.
Varietal Composition: 100% Old Vine Zinfandel
Appellation: Lodi AVA
Barrel Aging: 20% New, Hungarian & American cooperages
Bottling Date: June 30, 2015
Release Date: October 15, 2015
Aging Potential: 5-7 Years