2016 Old Vine Zinfandel
3 Months New French Oak
90% Zinfandel, 5% Petite Sirah, 5% Shiraz
California State Fair, Jun 2016 Gold/95 Points (v. 2014) San Francisco Chronicle, Jan 2016 Gold (v. 2013)
Lodi has become the self-proclaimed “Zin” capital of the World producing over 40% of California's Zinfandel grapes. The Kautz Family grows these Zinfandel grapes in the Mokelumne River sub-appellation of the Lodi AVA. The area is blessed with an alluvial fan of sandy loam, well-drained soils and a classic Mediterranean climate.
Grown in vineyards that are over 45 years old, this medium-bodied Zin has exceptional varietal character with lovely aromas of dark fruit and blackberry. Subtle pepper spice mingles with richly concentrated fruit flavors of blackberry, ripe plums and fresh red raspberries. Barrel aging created its smooth, silky finish and unprecedented depth.
Food Pairing Notes
Zinfandel wine has amazing versatility which makes it a wonderful wine pairing for variety of dishes. Any type of meat - whether its pork, beef or game - is ideal with this wine. Cioppino is another amazing complement or try it with tomato-based pastas, hearty stews or a plate of strong, aged cheeses.