2012 OZV | Old Zin Vines
The oldest continually operating winery in Lodi California was purchased by Rudy Maggio and the Reynolds (Don and Rocky) back in 2001. Lodi, in case you are unfamiliar, has been referred to as “The Zinfandel capital of the world.” I found that quote on Wikipedia, but the footnote link is broken. Even though, the description sounds good to me! Currently there are over 80 wineries and over 100,000 acres of premium grapes planted in the Lodi A.V.A.
Lodi received its official American Viticultural Area (A.V.A.) status in 1986, and is located at the east end of Sacramento/San Joaquin delta. The town of Lodi itself is located about 15 miles north of Stockton. Now that you know where, here’s the why. The Lodi AVA’s primary characteristics are: A long growing season, distinctive sandy soils, and cool ocean breezes coming from the San Francisco area which produce a “Mediterranean” Climate.
After Rudy & the Reynolds purchased the Oak Ridge Winery they set about a major transformation starting in 2002. They rebuilt the winery and today, in addition to making their own wines they operate, custom crush, bottling, labeling, marketing and wine storage facilities. Rudy and Rocky didn’t start their adventures in the wine business with the purchase of this winery. In fact, their family farming histories span 5 generations. In addition to the Oak Ridge Winery they have an impressive collection of heritage vineyards (more on that in future articles).
So, how about that wine? The 2012 OZV Old Zin Vines is a simple straight forward wine. It’s a big ripe jammy Zinfandel. The palate is dominated by blackberry jam, blackberry compote and blackberry pie filling. The wine is pleasantly light on the alcohol (13.95%) and doesn’t show any alcoholic “heat” typical of higher octane wines. Although not terribly complex, the wine is a crowd pleaser and at a suggested retail of under $15 it’s a great deal. Weekly Wine Journal rating: 89 points
Blend: 96% Zinfandel, 4% Petite Sirah.