Why am I so in love with Lodi?

7 reasons why I love the place, the people, and the wines.


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Reason #6: Zinfandel: East vs. West: Two different kinds of beauty.

Before we get to our blind tasting (pictured) let me first give you an overview of East vs. West.
A. The east side of Lodi is basically the vineyards located east of Hwy 99 in the Mokelumne River, Borden Ranch, and Clements Hills AVAs.

B. The west side of Lodi is at the western end of the Mokelumne River AVA (west of Hwy 99).

With that being defined, let’s get to the differences in the “terroirs” and then, consequently, in the wines: The east side is a little warmer. The soils are sandier and water tables are lower. This translates into smaller berries, which in turn results in higher skin to juice ratios. In the glass what is noticed is their firmer tannins and shaper acidity. To make a long(er) story short(er), the reverse applies to the West.

There is a lot more to it… soon to come in a blog near you!

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