If you missed part 1 of my recap of “Live wine tasting” at the 2016 Wine Bloggers Conference in Lodi, California – get caught up: click here.
Let’s dive right in! Again, up to 12 wineries make their way around a room full of a 300+ wine bloggers. In under 5 minutes – they talk and pour and we taste and tweet!
Here are the wines I tasted and discovered in no particular order…
Oak Ridge Winery – Lodi, California
Moss Roxx Ancient Vine Reserve Zinfandel – from 105 year old vines, 85% Zinfandel with just a touch of Merlot.
Wow. It was big, bold and beautiful.
as they say “expression of Lodi’s signature terroir”
Ehlers Estate Winery – Napa Valley, California
Bordeaux Blend is their flagship wine with 85% Cabernet Sauvignon, with Cabernet Franc, Merlot and Petit Verdot.
Organic and bio-dynamic winery, tannins were nicely balanced on this big, rich, slightly spiced wine.
Troon Vineyard – Grants Pass, Southern Oregon
Newly released 2014 Malbec from the Rogue Valley. Not your Argentinian or Cahors, France style at all! Very floral with lots of acidity to balance the black fruits. Just 200 cases made. They also practice natural winemaking with minimal impact.
The Federalist Winery – Lodi, California
This 2014 Zinfandel is a salute to the first president of the USA George Washington. Dense, smooth and dry with a baking spice and dried cherries and blueberries. Cozy up and enjoy this one!
Windrun Wines – Santa Barbara County, California
From the Santa Rita hills this 2014 Pinot Noir was oaked with dirty tannins and big at 14.3% alc. and could stand to be cellared for a while yet! Think blackberry with some smoke and earthy minerality. Really nice!
Corner 103 – Sonoma County, California
2012 Zinfandel from Dry Creek Valley
Smooth with balanced acidity, dried stewed fruits like cherries with a hint of chocolate. Quite lovely.
Prie Winery – Lodi, California
2012 Reserve Zinfandel from 100 yr old vines and a single vineyard
Balanced, smooth, notes of sherried cherries. 900 cases made.
This was a WOW wine. This is what Lodi is recognized for!
Trine Vineyards & Winery – Sonoma County, California
2012 Henry’s Blend – a Bordeaux blend of 35% Cabernet Sauvignon, 34% Merlot, 13% Petit Verdot, 13% Cabernet Franc and 5% Malbec. Notes of green pepper, black liquorice, lingering cigar and cedar with dusty tannins. I love, love, love the note of cigar (sweet or bold) in a wine.
Peirano Estate Winery – Lodi, California
2013 “The Immortal Zin” Old Vine Zinfandel – notes of red fruits, currant jam, spring leaves and earthy undertones.
Soooooo smooth. Hand picked from 100-year-old vines.
I’ll admit, after tasting so many BIG red wines, all you crave is a cold beer! But, it was so wonderful to taste ancient vine Zinfandel to smokey Pinot, Bordeaux blends and a Malbec! Where ever you are in the world, I hope you see some of these wines at your favourite wine store, if not, it’s time to start planning your next wine trip! For more info. about the Lodi Wine Region: click here.