I really liked this wine as I have a fondness for the Lodi appellation wines that goes back to the seventies when I was a young soldier stationed at Castle AFB.
Lodi has changed over the years and in a good way. Now more than ever, great wines are being made there. The use of rotary fermentation seems to also be gaining popularity in this appellation. Aging in new French and American oak for 12 months adds some complexity to the final product as well.
The fact that this varietal was their first production gets me very excited about trying the next vintage. I also appreciate the quickness Lodi growers and vintners move when they think a different grape might do well in their climate.
It seems they also have the ability to adapt other growing techniques that they may have not embraced in the past; such as deficit irrigation, crop thinning and leaf pulling to maintain proper growth and ripening.
The aromas are consistent with the character of Malbec’s dark berry and spice. The flavor profile brings little out of the ordinary but for a first vintage the fruit exudes depth that usually takes decades to achieve including balanced acidity and a good amount of tannins. I look forward to preparing meals in the future where this wine will be served. ~Marc Hinton
Rating: 89 | $14 | 13.8% ABV