2013 Lodi "Kirschenmann Vineyard" Zinfandel
Planted in 1915 on its own roots (i.e., not on rootstock), Kirschenmann Vineyard is located within a bend of the Mokelumne River in eastern Lodi (Victor to be precise). Soils are fine sandy loam with an underlayment of chalk and sandstone approximately 4’ down. This vineyard has been quite the education for me. One, it’s taught me that not all of Lodi is blazingly hot. The microclimate here is relatively cool. In fact, in this vintage, this was one of our last Zinfandels to be picked. The second thing this vineyard has taught me is that Lodi Zinfandel does not have to have the color and body of young vintage Port. Kirschenmann produces a very feminine Zinfandel, one that brings to mind a perfumed Pinot Noir or perhaps even a fragrant Grenache à la Château Rayas. A beautiful expression of Zinfandel! Unfined and unfiltered.
Brilliant, translucent ruby-red. Aromas of red cherries, fresh tobacco, and spice box with a slight note of earthiness. Very sexy! On the palate, medium full-bodied with red fruits that bring to mind raspberries and cherries. Overall, smooth as silk with tannins and acidity in perfect harmony, a common thread through our 2013s. Like the 2012, almost Pinot Noir-like, but this is a step up. Given its exceptional balance, this wine should age well. However, it’s so delicious now, we’d recommend enjoying from release through 2021. (MRO – 01/21/15)