Of course Lodi is known for its beautiful Zinfandels. But there’s more growing in those vineyards. Here’s a quick look at some of the wines other than Zinfandel that we tasted at the Wine Bloggers’ Conference, 2016 in Lodi.
Klinker Brick’s single vineyard Syrah has aromas of smoked meat, spice and dark fruit with floral notes on the finish. Their Cabernet Suavignon is black cherries, rose petals and oaky earthiness.
Abundance Vineyards makes a Carignan that is earthy with dark fruit aromas and just enough acid to carry the finish.
Oak Ridge makes a Cabernet Sauvignon with aromas of forest floor and red and black currants
Langetwins make a Nero d’Avola that is medium bodied with soft tannins and red fruit, a good food wine.
Prie Winery’s Cabernet Sauvignon is herbal with aromas of bell pepper and red fruit. It has bold tannins and a structure that is both fresh and complex.
Peirano Estate’s The Other is a Cabernet Sauvignon, Merlot and Syrah mix with lots of earth aromas along with the bright red and deep black fruit.
Heritage Oak makes a beautiful Sangiovese full of red fruit and a lively acidity that was absolutely stunning with a kale salad.
But Lodi isn’t just about the reds. Because of the big diurnal swing in temperature, Lodi enjoys cool nights which is why it is able to grow white grapes with acidic structure.
Michael David makes a Sauvignon Blanc in 100% stainless preserving its crisp acidity and aromas of grass and grapefruit.
Klinker Brick’s rosé is made from the southern Rhone trio, Grenache, Syrah and Mouvedre, with aromas of spice and floral and a mineral finish.
Oak Ridge makes an Old Soul Chardonnay that has crisp pear and apple with a touch of vnailla and spice.
Lodi has built its reputation on its big, deep Zinfandels, but this little wine town is branching out into many other varietals with great success.