100% STOKES VINEYARD – Proprietor and Winemaker, Rick Davis first met Bill Stokes, owner of Stokes Vineyard, over ten years ago while searching for old vine Zinfandel in the up-and-coming area of Lodi in San Joaquin County. The fruit from Stokes Vineyard never disappoints with richness and intensity that comes from old vines with subtle spice notes that all speak to the vineyard management and site.
Deep purple red in the glass. Bramble berry and sweet baking spice aromas take center stage with hints of espresso, dried cherry and subtle rose petals. The rich fruitfulness of the nose is balanced by juicy, tart cherry notes on the palate. Minerality, sweet thyme and bay leaf add complexity and structure, speaking to the wine’s potential with several years of age. Much of the overt fruitfulness will give way to much more savory notes of tobacco, mushroom and dried tea with time in the cellar. If drinking within two to three years of vintage date, some decanting is recommended.
Production: 228 Cases Varietal Composition: 100% Old Vine Zinfandel Appellation: Lodi Fermentation: 15-20% New, Hungarian & American barrels Alcohol: 15.2% Harvest Date: September 23, 2017 Bottling Date: June 20, 2018 Release Date: April 1, 2020 Aging Potential: 5-7 years