The Mettler family heritage honors over 100 years and six generations of farming in Lodi with the release of this ‘Epicenter’ old vine Zinfandel. Grapes for this wine were harvested in September 2015, from one of the oldest Zinfandel vineyards on our ranch where the deep-rooted vines thrive in rich, sandy loam soils. This 50-year old vineyard is located in the ‘epicenter’ of Lodi’s old vine Zinfandel district and is organically and sustainably grown.
The 2015 Mettler Zinfandel entices with its deep, purple-crimson color. The initial earthy and smoky aromas are followed by those of plum, vanilla and spice. The complex medley of flavors include plum, blackberry jam, tobacco, anise and sweet oak. The sturdy but softly integrated tannins yield to subtle oak notes as the wine lingers on the palate. A light touch of acidity creates balance and elegance while retaining the juicy, exuberant personality that is uniquely Zinfandel. A variety of cuisines, from hearty stews to grilled favorites, will stand up nicely to this rich and flavorful wine.
Gold Medal & Best of Class (Zinfandel $24-$27.99)
2018 San Francisco Chronicle Wine Competition
Appellation | Lodi
Varietal Composition | 85% Zinfandel; 10% Petite Sirah; 3% Cabernet Franc; 2% Cabernet Sauvignon
Cooperage | 14 months in 80% American (Medium Plus) and 20% French oak (60% Medium/40% Medium Plus). 30% new barrels, 30% 1-year old, 40% neutral
Total Acidity | 0.62 g/100ml
Total pH | 3.55
Alcohol | 15.50%
Release Date | October 2017
Cases Produced | 5,500
Bottle Size | 750 ml
Suggested Retail Price | $ 24.99