Gen5 Old Vine Zinfandel

GEN5 Old Vine Zinfandel

WHY WE LOVE IT

  • Blend of two estate vineyards: 90=year-old vines with 20-year-old vines.
  • Considered a ‘Best Buy’ by Wine Enthusiast.
  • Sustainably farmed.

Varietal Composition: 82% Zinfandel, 13% Petite Sirah, 3% Tannat, 1% Barbera, 1% other reds.

Elaboration:  The GEN5 Chardonnay comes from a collaboration between LangeTwins Winery and and Trellis Wine Group partner, Vino del Sol. The winemakers are Karen Birmingham and David Akiyoshi. The grapes come from Estate vineyards in Lodi, California. Classic Mediterranean. Lodi takes
advantage of the gap between the northern and southern coastal ranges surrounding the San Francisco Bay. As the day’s temperature rises, cool breezes drift in from the Delta, keeping the nights cool which is ideal for the development of complexity in finished wines. Well-drained rich mineral soils, sandy to clay loam.

The grapes from the 90 year-old estate vineyard imparts intensity, while the 25 year-old estate vineyard produces bright fruit. The grapes are fermented 12 days at 85F. Some lots pressed at dryness, others up to 4 weeks after crush to maximize varietal expression. Aging: 85% of wine was aged with French and American oak for 6-8 months to enhance fruit with spice.

TASTING NOTES: Lush and juicy black and blue berries and a note of spice and licorice, with a lush mouthfeel.

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PRODUCER BACKGROUND

For five generations (since the 1870’s) the Lange family has lived and worked their land in Lodi, California, always striving to leave the land in a better state for the next generation. Johann and Maria Lange started out as watermelon farmers. The family moved into grape growing in 1916. Today, their vineyards are certified green by Lodi Rules Sustainable Wine-growing.

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