Feb 222012
 
Lodi Wine Trail

Photo Credit: BRIAN FEULNER/NEWS-SENTINEL

Last night we tasted a selection of wine that the nice people from Lodi had sent for my class at Napa Valley College, and it was a pretty impressive showing.  There were eight wines in all, and every one of them was well-made, balanced, and delicious.

Even better, the wines were widely varied in style, character and varietal.  Where else in the world can you drink Albarinho and Vermentino, Syrah and Souzao, Zinfandel, Petite Sirah and Cinsault?

My two favorite were the Albarinho (lovely white peach finish) and the Souzao (lively acidity and freshness.). But every wine had its fans, and all of them sold for under $25 a botttle.

There’s good stuff going on in Lodi–and its the kind of thing we’d like to see in some other regions of this country…

  • Uvaggio  Vermentino, 2010
  • Bokisch Winery “Terra Alta Vineyard” Albarino Clement Hills, 2010
  • Phoenix Ranch  “Bechthold Vineyard” Cinsault 2009
  • Michael David Winery “6th Sense”  Syrah  2009
  • Klinker Brick Winery Old Vine Zinfandel  2009
  • St. Amant “Marian’s Vineyard”  Old Vine Zinfandel  2009
  • Jeff Runquist Wines  “R Souzao”, “Silvaspoons Vineyard” Souzao, Alta Mesa, 2009
  • McCay Cellars Petite Sirah  2008

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