The 2018 Mettler Zinfandel entices with its deep, inky purple color. The initial earthy and smoky aromas are followed by those of blackberry, vanilla and plum. The complex medley of flavors include ripe berries, licorice and herbs with a hint of black pepper. 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.
The Mettler family heritage honors over 100 years and six generations of farming in Lodi with the release of this ‘Epicenter’ old vine Zinfandel. The size of the crop, the time spent on the vine, and the many months aged in French oak barrels all reflect the care our family took to fully express the potential of our estate vineyards.
Grapes for this wine were harvested in September 2018, 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 Mokelumne River sub-appellation, the ‘epicenter’ of Lodi’s old vine Zinfandel district. Our vineyards are certified through the Lodi Rules for sustainable winegrowing.
- 91 Points - Wine Enthusiast Magazine Best of the Year 2020
- 90 Points - “The 2018 Mettler Family Vineyards Epicenter Old Vine Zinfandel shows up with loads of fruit on the palate that lasts long into the wine’s finish. TASTING NOTES: This wine brings lively berries, raspberry-like, and licorice to the fore with its aromas and flavors. Pair it with BBQ baby back ribs.” (Tasted: September 24, 2020, San Francisco, CA) — Wilfred Wong, Wine.com