Zinfandel – $135 per 5 gallon pail
We jumped at the opportunity to source Zinfandel from one of the best growers in the AVA, The Van Ruiten Family Winery. Known for growing great Zinfandel, the Van Ruitens have carefully tended their vineyards since the 1950s to produce Zinfandel with rich fruit flavors.
The Old Vine Zinfandel (Costamanga Clone) was planted in 1972 and wines from this vineyard usually express those rustic old vine flavors of dried plum, sage, and star anise. The Costamanga Clone is known for its relatively small and flavorful berries compared to other Zinfandel variants. These small berries with concentrated flavors have a tendency to produce wines that are well structured.
The Delta breeze cools the region at night and hot days allow for easy ripening, leading to an extracted, fully ripe style of Zin that can only come from one place.
Lodi is the self proclaimed “Zinfandel Capitol of the World” and was recently name Wine Region of the Year by Wine Enthusiast.