Host and winemaker at St.Amant Winery, Stuart Spencer, along with Lodi winemakers Todd Maley and Chad Joseph (Maley Brothers), Layne Montgomery (m2 Wines), Michael McCay (McCay Cellars), Ryan Sherman (Fields Family Wines), and Tim Holdener (Macchia) will taste us through these unique and delicious Zinfandel wines from six separate Zinfandel vineyards in Lodi, California. Located at the base of the Sierra Nevada Mountain range, Lodi is approximately 100 miles east of San Francisco and 35 miles south of Sacramento. A major winegrowing region since the 1850's, Lodi is home to over 100,000 acres of premium vineyards farmed by more than 750 growers.

Lodi's classic Mediterranean climate and ideal winegrowing soils yield distinct wines, crafted from more than 75 wine grape varieties. Lodi's vast portfolio of wine grapes includes traditional varieties such as Cabernet Sauvignon, Chardonnay and Zinfandel as well as exotic, lesser-known varieties like Albariño, Cinsaut and Pinotage.

Lodi Native™ is a collaborative project by six winegrowers of like mind, living and working in the historic Lodi American Viticultural Area. Their mission: To turn the spotlight on the region's heritage plantings - many of them dating back to the late 1800s - through sensible viticulture and minimalist winemaking practices, beginning with native yeast fermentation and use of no new oak. The focus is on Zinfandel, but on the taste of vineyards rather than varietal character or brand.

The Lodi Native Mission is three-fold: 1) To demonstrate to more sophisticated consumers, media (print and blogosphere) and gatekeepers (such as specialty retailers and sommeliers/restaurateurs) that distinguished, distinctly identifiable vineyards exist in Lodi, similar to other great wine regions of the world; 2) To encourage preservation and appreciation of old vine plantings - well as of Lodi's long tradition of grower/custodians - by focusing more attention on vineyard sites, vis-à-vis real and tangible sensory expressions in each bottling and; 3) To build professional camaraderie, a culture of information sharing, and new challenges for Lodi's Zinfandel specialists. Lodi Native wines are available for purchase in 6-bottle cases only; each consisting of all six different single-vineyard bottlings. The Lodi Native 6-bottle case is available for purchase exclusively through the Lodi Wine & Visitor Center.

Today, we'll be tasting: Maley Brothers 2012 Wegat Vineyard Zinfandel, m2 Wines 2012 Soucie Vineyard Zinfandel, McCay Cellars 2012 Trulux Vineyard Zinfandel, St.Amant Winery Marian's Vineyard Zinfandel, Fields Family Wines 2012 Century Block Zinfandel, and Macchia 2012 Noma Ranch Zinfandel. All Lodi Native Zinfandel wines retail for $35 per bottle. For additional information on these wines and the Lodi wine region, please click on the provided links below.

Cheers!

Lodi Native Wines

Lodi Native Wines
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Lodi Native Wines

Lodi Native wines are available in a 6-bottle set, packaged in a commemorative wooden case. This six-bottle case is available for purchse exclusively through the Lodi Wine & Visitor Center for $180. 

To order your Lodi Native 6-bottle case, please call the Lodi Wine & Visitor Center at 209.365.0621 or fill out a Lodi Native order form and fax back to 209.367.0737.

For more information on Lodi Native, please visit www.LodiNative.com.









Lodi Native Wines

Lodi Native Wines

Century Block Vineyard

Century Block Vineyard
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Century Block Vineyard

2012 Zinfandel
Mokelumne River - Lodi
Fields Family Wines
14% ABV

The Century Block Vineyard is a 3-acre patch of own-rooted Zinfandel (typical of old vines in Lodi) planted in 1905; standing defiantly in a sea of more recently planted trellised vineyards, on the east side of Lodi’s Mokelumne River AVA.  The 2012 is the first vineyard designate on record for this growth, and shows what maximum attention in the field and minimal intervention in the cellar can do.

For more information on Fields Family Wines, please click here.
Century Block Vineyard

Century Block Vineyard

Noma Ranch

Noma Ranch
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Noma Ranch

2012 Zinfandel
Mokelumne River - Lodi
Macchia
15.8%

Noma Ranch, farmed by second generation Lodi grower Leland Noma, is a 15-acre vineyard of small, stunted, own-rooted, head trained vines dating back to the early 1900s, located on the east side of Lodi’s Mokelumne River AVA.  It is 100% dry farmed; typically yielding close to 1 ton per acre.  These tiny clusters of high skin to juice ratio grapes produces a unique Zinfandel:  of all of Lodi’s heritage plantings, Noma is consistently among the most concentrated and highest in natural acidity.

For more information on Macchia, please click here.
Noma Ranch

Noma Ranch

Trulux Vineyard

Trulux Vineyard
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Trulux Vineyard

2012 Zinfandel
Mokelumne River - Lodi
McCay Cellars
14.6% ABV

TruLux is a west side Lodi – Mokelumne River AVA vineyard, originally planted in the 1940s on St. George rootstock.  It is distinguished by unusually tall head trained vines (topping 6 feet) and a clonal selection producing atypically loose, elongated clusters.  This, and loamy sand, yields dark, meaty fruit qualities with a perceptible earthy, loamy complexity.

For more information on McCay Cellars, please click here.
Trulux Vineyard

Trulux Vineyard

Soucie Vineyard

Soucie Vineyard
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Soucie Vineyard

2012 Zinfandel
Mokelumne River - Lodi
m2 Wines
14.5% ABV

m2′s Lodi Native Zinfandel is sourced from the oldest block of Soucie Vineyard; planted in 1916 and farmed by fifth generation Lodi native Kevin Soucie.  The vines are own-rooted and head trained, and the soil – an extremely fine silt with the consistency of talcum powder – is a variation of the series found in Lodi’s Mokelumne River AVA’s far western edge, identified as Devries sandy loam.  The site is also the closest to the Sacramento-San Joaquin River Delta’s cooling breezes in Lodi, resulting in distinctively lush, pungently earthy, terroir driven styles of Zinfandel.

For more information on m2 Wines, please click here.


Soucie Vineyard

Soucie Vineyard

Lodi Native Wines
Lodi Native Wines
Fields
Century Block Vineyard
Macchia
Noma Ranch
McCay
Trulux Vineyard
m2 Wines
Soucie Vineyard

Lodi Native Wines

Lodi Native Wines
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Lodi Native Wines

Lodi Native wines are available in a 6-bottle set, packaged in a commemorative wooden case. This six-bottle case is available for purchse exclusively through the Lodi Wine & Visitor Center for $180. 

To order your Lodi Native 6-bottle case, please call the Lodi Wine & Visitor Center at 209.365.0621 or fill out a Lodi Native order form and fax back to 209.367.0737.

For more information on Lodi Native, please visit www.LodiNative.com.









Lodi Native Wines

Lodi Native Wines

Century Block Vineyard

Century Block Vineyard
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Century Block Vineyard

2012 Zinfandel
Mokelumne River - Lodi
Fields Family Wines
14% ABV

The Century Block Vineyard is a 3-acre patch of own-rooted Zinfandel (typical of old vines in Lodi) planted in 1905; standing defiantly in a sea of more recently planted trellised vineyards, on the east side of Lodi’s Mokelumne River AVA.  The 2012 is the first vineyard designate on record for this growth, and shows what maximum attention in the field and minimal intervention in the cellar can do.

For more information on Fields Family Wines, please click here.
Century Block Vineyard

Century Block Vineyard

Noma Ranch

Noma Ranch
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Noma Ranch

2012 Zinfandel
Mokelumne River - Lodi
Macchia
15.8%

Noma Ranch, farmed by second generation Lodi grower Leland Noma, is a 15-acre vineyard of small, stunted, own-rooted, head trained vines dating back to the early 1900s, located on the east side of Lodi’s Mokelumne River AVA.  It is 100% dry farmed; typically yielding close to 1 ton per acre.  These tiny clusters of high skin to juice ratio grapes produces a unique Zinfandel:  of all of Lodi’s heritage plantings, Noma is consistently among the most concentrated and highest in natural acidity.

For more information on Macchia, please click here.
Noma Ranch

Noma Ranch

Trulux Vineyard

Trulux Vineyard
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Trulux Vineyard

2012 Zinfandel
Mokelumne River - Lodi
McCay Cellars
14.6% ABV

TruLux is a west side Lodi – Mokelumne River AVA vineyard, originally planted in the 1940s on St. George rootstock.  It is distinguished by unusually tall head trained vines (topping 6 feet) and a clonal selection producing atypically loose, elongated clusters.  This, and loamy sand, yields dark, meaty fruit qualities with a perceptible earthy, loamy complexity.

For more information on McCay Cellars, please click here.
Trulux Vineyard

Trulux Vineyard

Soucie Vineyard

Soucie Vineyard
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Soucie Vineyard

2012 Zinfandel
Mokelumne River - Lodi
m2 Wines
14.5% ABV

m2′s Lodi Native Zinfandel is sourced from the oldest block of Soucie Vineyard; planted in 1916 and farmed by fifth generation Lodi native Kevin Soucie.  The vines are own-rooted and head trained, and the soil – an extremely fine silt with the consistency of talcum powder – is a variation of the series found in Lodi’s Mokelumne River AVA’s far western edge, identified as Devries sandy loam.  The site is also the closest to the Sacramento-San Joaquin River Delta’s cooling breezes in Lodi, resulting in distinctively lush, pungently earthy, terroir driven styles of Zinfandel.

For more information on m2 Wines, please click here.


Soucie Vineyard

Soucie Vineyard

Lodi Native Spring Tasting

Hello and welcome to Lodi Live, a live video tasting featuring six delicious wines produced from the historically rich and diverse Lodi winegrowing region!

During this special tasting, we'll be exploring the Lodi Native wines - six single-vineyard Zinfandels produced in a collaborative project by six like-minded Lodi winegrowers. The Lodi Native project is the first of its kind to the Lodi wine region.

To learn more about the Lodi AVA and wines, please visit www.lodiwine.com and follow Lodi on Twitter at @Lodi_Wine, using the hashtag #LodiLive during the tasting. Cheers!
Host and winemaker at St.Amant Winery, Stuart Spencer, along with Lodi winemakers Todd Maley and Chad Joseph (Maley Brothers), Layne Montgomery (m2 Wines), Michael McCay (McCay Cellars), Ryan Sherman (Fields Family Wines), and Tim Holdener (Macchia) will taste us through these unique and delicious Zinfandel wines from six separate Zinfandel vineyards in Lodi, California. Located at the base of the Sierra Nevada Mountain range, Lodi is approximately 100 miles east of San Francisco and 35 miles south of Sacramento. A major winegrowing region since the 1850's, Lodi is home to over 100,000 acres of premium vineyards farmed by more than 750 growers.

Lodi's classic Mediterranean climate and ideal winegrowing soils yield distinct wines, crafted from more than 75 wine grape varieties. Lodi's vast portfolio of wine grapes includes traditional varieties such as Cabernet Sauvignon, Chardonnay and Zinfandel as well as exotic, lesser-known varieties like Albariño, Cinsaut and Pinotage.

Lodi Native™ is a collaborative project by six winegrowers of like mind, living and working in the historic Lodi American Viticultural Area. Their mission: To turn the spotlight on the region's heritage plantings - many of them dating back to the late 1800s - through sensible viticulture and minimalist winemaking practices, beginning with native yeast fermentation and use of no new oak. The focus is on Zinfandel, but on the taste of vineyards rather than varietal character or brand.

The Lodi Native Mission is three-fold: 1) To demonstrate to more sophisticated consumers, media (print and blogosphere) and gatekeepers (such as specialty retailers and sommeliers/restaurateurs) that distinguished, distinctly identifiable vineyards exist in Lodi, similar to other great wine regions of the world; 2) To encourage preservation and appreciation of old vine plantings - well as of Lodi's long tradition of grower/custodians - by focusing more attention on vineyard sites, vis-à-vis real and tangible sensory expressions in each bottling and; 3) To build professional camaraderie, a culture of information sharing, and new challenges for Lodi's Zinfandel specialists. Lodi Native wines are available for purchase in 6-bottle cases only; each consisting of all six different single-vineyard bottlings. The Lodi Native 6-bottle case is available for purchase exclusively through the Lodi Wine & Visitor Center.

Today, we'll be tasting: Maley Brothers 2012 Wegat Vineyard Zinfandel, m2 Wines 2012 Soucie Vineyard Zinfandel, McCay Cellars 2012 Trulux Vineyard Zinfandel, St.Amant Winery Marian's Vineyard Zinfandel, Fields Family Wines 2012 Century Block Zinfandel, and Macchia 2012 Noma Ranch Zinfandel. All Lodi Native Zinfandel wines retail for $35 per bottle. For additional information on these wines and the Lodi wine region, please click on the provided links below.

Cheers!
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