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Host and winemaker at St.Amant Winery, Stuart Spencer, along with Lodi winemakers Todd Maley and Chad Joseph (Maley Brothers), Layne Montgomery (m2 Wines), Michael McCay (McCay Cellars), Ryan Sherman (Fields Family Wines), and Tim Holdener (Macchia) will taste us through these unique and delicious Zinfandel wines from six separate Zinfandel vineyards in Lodi, California. Located at the base of the Sierra Nevada Mountain range, Lodi is approximately 100 miles east of San Francisco and 35 miles south of Sacramento. A major winegrowing region since the 1850’s, Lodi is home to over 100,000 acres of premium vineyards farmed by more than 750 growers.

Concept & Releases
Lodi Native™ is a collaborative project by six winegrowers of like mind, living and working in the historic Lodi American Viticultural Area. Their mission: to turn the spotlight on the region’s heritage plantings – many of them dating back to the late 1800s – through sensible viticulture and minimalist winemaking practices, beginning with native yeast fermentation and use of no new oak. The focus is on Zinfandel, but on the taste of vineyards rather than varietal character or brand.

Lodi Native wines are available for purchase in 6-bottle cases only; each consisting of all six different single-vineyard bottlings. Lodi Native cases are available exclusively from the Lodi Wine & Visitor Center for $180.

We will be tasting in the following order:

Stampede Vineyard
Winemaker, Ryan Sherman (Fields Family Wines)
Growers, Jeff & John Perlegos

Schmiedt Ranch
Winemaker, Tim Holdener (Macchia Wines)
Grower, Ross Schmiedt. Professionally managed by Markus Bokisch of Bokisch Ranches.

Wegat Vineyard
Winemaker, Chad Joseph (Maley Brothers)
Grower, Todd Maley

Trulux Vineyard
Winemaker, Michael McCay (McCay Cellars)
Grower, Keith Watts

Marian’s Vineyard
Winemaker, Stuart Spencer (St. Amant Winery)
Growers, Jerry & Bruce Fry (Mohr-Fry Ranches)

Soucie Vineyard
Winemaker, Layne Montgomery (m2 Wines)
Grower, Kevin Soucie

The Lodi Native Mission
• To demonstrate to more sophisticated consumers, media (print and blogosphere) and gatekeepers (such as specialty retailers and sommeliers/restaurateurs) that distinguished, distinctly identifiable vineyards exist in Lodi, similar to other great wine regions of the world.
• To encourage preservation and appreciation of old vine plantings – well as of Lodi’s long tradition of grower/custodians – by focusing more attention on vineyard sites, vis-à-vis real and tangible sensory expressions in each bottling.
• To build professional camaraderie, a culture of information sharing, and new challenges for Lodi’s Zinfandel specialists.

Commitments
• That anything worth doing should entail fairly strict protocols in order to be meaningful.
• That no protocol should run contrary to the project’s primary purpose, which is to highlight terroir, and Lodi’s heritage Zinfandel plantings and growers.
• That each participating producer faithfully applies “best efforts,” while being willing to sacrifice personal or brand style in order to achieve the project’s mission.

Winemaking Protocols
• 100% Zinfandel bottlings from a single contiguous vineyard (exception: old vine plantings with long established field mixes) located within the Lodi AVA.
• Preference for established “old vine” plantings (i.e. pre-1962), with exceptions made for distinctive younger plantings.
• Native yeast (non-inoculated) fermentations only.
• No use of oak chips, dust or similar amendments.
• No acidification or de-acidification.
• No new oak or use of innerstaves in aging process.
• No water addition or de-alcoholizing measures.
• No tannin additions.
• No inoculation for malolactic fermentation.
• No use of Mega-Purple or other concentrate products.
• No filtering or fining.
• No must concentration, Flash Détente or similar extraction measures.
• Proposed cuvées are to be submitted by each producer for sensory evaluation and subsequent approval of entire group.
• Preference for vineyards certified by Lodi Rules for Sustainable Winegrowing and/or CCOF.

Stampede Vineyard & Fields Family Wines

Stampede Vineyard & Fields Family Wines
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Stampede Vineyard & Fields Family Wines

Stampede Vineyard
Located in the rolling hills of the Clements Hills AVA in the southeast corner of the Lodi Appellation, Stampede Vineyard is a 1940s-era own-rooted Zinfandel planting farmed by owners and brothers Jeff and John Perlegos. The vines are rooted in the Mokelumne riverside bed of sandy loam soil. Most of the yield from Stampede Vineyard goes to Morgan Twain-Peterson, owner/winemaker of Bedrock Wine Co. in Sonoma Valley. Lucky for us, Twain-Peterson left just enough for Ryan Sherman of Fields Family Wines. The 2013 Lodi Native Stampede Vineyard Zinfandel is produced and bottled by Fields Family Vineyards & Winery by winemaker/co-owner Ryan Sherman.

Fields Family Wines
Fields Family Wines is focused on small lot winemaking, handcrafted for pure quality above all other considerations.  The winery was founded as a collaboration of two families – Russ and Melinda Fields (and three kids), and Ryan and Jaylynn Sherman (with their two kids) — with the help of longtime friends.  These low key grower/winemakers will probably always remain micro-sized, even by boutique winery standards; fostering a casual atmosphere and laid-back attitude in the winery as well as their two tasting rooms. Several different wines are produced from the Lodi AVA:  an old vine Zinfandel, Syrah made from organic grapes, Tempranillo and Petite Sirah, and a few different Red Wine blends — including a  ”BIG RED,” plus an unusual (for Lodi) Super Tuscan inspired blend called Il Ladro (Sangiovese, Zinfandel and a splash of Merlot and Cabernet).  There is also a Cabernet Sauvignon sourced from Mt. Veeder in Napa, and a Merlot from the Oak Knoll District in Napa known for its rich Pomerol style soil and climate.  Recent accolades include a Double Gold and Gold at the San Francisco Chronicle Wine Competition for the Fields Family Zinfandel and Syrah (the latter also receiving “Best of Show” and “Best of Class” awards). The two families maintain a cozy, comfortable tasting room in the middle of Downtown Lodi (20 N. School St.), where Fields Family wines may be purchased at retail.  For a private tasting at the winery, and tour the barrel room with the owner/winemakers, wine lovers are always welcome to call ahead of time to make arrangements.

Stampede Vineyard & Fields Family Wines

Schmiedt Ranch & Macchia Wines

Schmiedt Ranch & Macchia Wines
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Schmiedt Ranch & Macchia Wines

Schmiedt Ranch
Located in a little pocket of Lodi’s Mokelumne River AVA tucked into an east side bend of the winding Mokelumne River off of Bruella Road, Schmiedt Ranch vineyard is an 8-acre own-rooted planting dating back to 1918. Owned by the late great Ross Schmiedt’s family, the ground that Schmiedt Ranch (otherwise known as Dairy Vineyard) currently occupies was once used by Schmiedt’s grandfather to raise dairy cows, grapevines and fruit trees. The vineyard’s proximity to the river and deep, white, almost pure sandy (and less loamier) soil defines the wines coming out of Schmiedt Ranch as having more intense red fruit structure and feminine aromatics such as baker’s cocoa and cherry. The 2013 Lodi Native Schmiedt Ranch Zinfandel was produced and bottled by Macchia Wines by owner/winemaker Tim Holdener.

About Macchia Wines
Macchia is a small, 100% family owned and run winery with a charming tasting room located on the north edge of Lodi’s historic Mokelumne River AVA. The Holdener family’s passion is obviously Zinfandel — Macchia produces more than ten single-vineyard bottling’s, mostly from choice, gnarly vine growths in Lodi, some up to 150 years old.  Macchia has also made its reputation with some of the state’s finest Italian varietal bottling’s (Sangiovese, Barbera, and Nebbiolo); winning top honors in most of the major wine competitions; including “Best of Show,” “Best of State,” and “Best Barbera Produced Outside Italy” (the latter, twice!). 

Schmiedt Ranch & Macchia Wines

TruLux Vineyards & McCay Cellars

TruLux Vineyards & McCay Cellars
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TruLux Vineyards & McCay Cellars

TruLux Vineyard
TruLux is a west side Lodi Mokelumne River AVA vineyard, originally planted in the 1940’s on St. George rootstock.  It is distinguished by unusually tall head trained vines (topping 6 feet) and a clonal selection producing atypically loose, elongated clusters.  This, and loamy sand, yields dark, meaty fruit qualities with a perceptible earthy, loamy complexity. The Lodi Native 2013 TruLux Zinfandel is produced and bottled by McCay Cellars by owner/winemaker Michael J. McCay.  

About McCay Cellars
McCay Cellars wines are handcrafted from start to finish.  Owner/winemaker Michael McCay is bullish about his contention that Lodi has California’s best climate for producing wine grapes. The Mokelumne River AVA’s sandy loam soil, along with the Delta’s cool breezes, provide a perfect and unique environment for maturing fully ripened yet well balanced grapes; when managed correctly, producing wines of moderate alcohol and ample natural acidity. Respectful of this advantageous terroir, McCay Cellars produces small case lots (typically less than 200 cases per each), largely native yeast fermented, and aged in French oak barrels. McCay Cellars currently produces seven different single-vineyard Zinfandels; plus a delicate, refined Grenache (which McCay believes could be Lodi’s “Pinot Noir”); a meaty, scrubby yet plush Carignan (from a vineyard originally planted in 1909); a dry, zingy, contemporary style white wine blend; and the freshest dry rosé this side of Provence.

TruLux Vineyards & McCay Cellars

Marian’s Vineyard & St. Amant Winery

Marian’s Vineyard & St. Amant Winery
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Marian’s Vineyard & St. Amant Winery

Marian’s Vineyard
Marian’s Vineyard is a revered 8.3-acre own-rooted Mokelumne River AVA growth, located south of the town of Lodi. It was originally planted in 1901 by a branch of the Mettler family on present-day Mohr-Fry Ranch; and today it is farmed by father-and-son Jerry and Bruce Fry. It is named for Marian Mohr Fry Zimmerman, the Fry family matriarch who passed away in 2007 at the age of 94. Marian’s deep sandy loam is extremely well drained (in many years, yielding less than 2 tons/acre); but recent vintages have seen the vineyard produced over 30 tons of bold, concentrated fruit – a testament to how well it is farmed today, in accordance with Lodi Rules for Sustainable Winegrowing.  The entirety of Marian’s goes to St.Amant Winery, founded by the late Tim Spencer (a Lodi icon). The 2013 Lodi Native Marian’s Vineyard Zinfandel was produced and bottled by St.Amant Winery by winemaker/owner Stuart Spencer.

About St. Amant Winery
St. Amant is a small family owned winery founded in 1979 by longtime grower Tim Spencer and his wife, Barbara. The family takes pride in producing handcrafted wines of consistent, uncompromising quality. Today, Tim and Barbara’s son – Stuart Spencer (who also serves as Lodi Winegrape Commission’s Program Director) – continues to craft pure, fruit-forward, food-friendly wines that are, above all, delicious. The Spencer approach is based upon the belief that wine, first and foremost, is a beverage of pleasure, best enjoyed with family and friends. This all starts with the premise that great, well balanced wines come from meticulously grown grapes. St.Amant made its mark with classic Lodi old vine Zinfandel — particularly the iconic Marian’s Vineyard Zinfandel farmed by Mohr-Fry Ranches – but  has also always focused on Mediterranean inspired wines, made from distinctive, estate grown Portuguese, Spanish, and Italian grapes. Winemaking practices follow traditional hands-on techniques geared towards maximum expression of vineyard sites. St.Amant’s winery and tasting room — still manned primarily by Barbara Spencer herself – is located in an old post-prohibition era cooperative winery on the east side of Lodi. Nothing fancy; but like Lodi itself, an intense, honest, unforgettable experience!

Marian’s Vineyard & St. Amant Winery

Soucie Vineyard & m2 Wines

Soucie Vineyard & m2 Wines
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Soucie Vineyard & m2 Wines

Soucie Vineyard
m2 Wines’ Lodi Native Zinfandel is sourced from the oldest block of Soucie Vineyard; planted in 1916 and farmed by fifth generation Lodi native Kevin Soucie. The vines are own-rooted and head trained, and the soil – extremely fine silt with the consistency of talcum powder – is a variation of the series found in Lodi’s Mokelumne River AVA’s far western edge, identified as Devries sandy loam. The site is also the closest to the Sacramento-San Joaquin River Delta’s cooling breezes in Lodi, resulting in distinctively lush, pungently earthy, terroir-driven styles of Zinfandel. The 2013 Lodi Native Soucie Vineyard Zinfandel was produced and bottled by m2 Wines by winemaker/owner Layne Montgomery.

About m2 Wines
Long known for its unassuming location in an industrial corner of the Lodi AVA, the m2 winery and tasting room has recently moved into a spanking new winery and tasting room on E. Peltier Rd. that has drawn rave reviews for its low slung, “inside/outside” design that tucks into Lodi Wine Country like a nest in the arms of an old vine. But make no mistake: m2 will always be about the wine and people; not appearances, bells or whistles. Since 2004, the mission has remained sharply focused on dynamic artisanal style wines, crafted to highlight distinctive vineyards – especially in Lodi, but also the Sierra Foothills and Napa Valley. When you visit m2 you are more than likely to bump into winemaker/founder Layne Montgomery (one of the two original “M’s”), personally showing visitors around, shooting the breeze or tasting from barrels.

Soucie Vineyard & m2 Wines

Stampede Vineyard
Stampede Vineyard & Fields Family Wines
Schmiedt Ranch
Schmiedt Ranch & Macchia Wines
TruLux Vineyards
TruLux Vineyards & McCay Cellars
Marian’s Vineyard
Marian’s Vineyard & St. Amant Winery
Soucie Vineyard
Soucie Vineyard & m2 Wines

Stampede Vineyard & Fields Family Wines

Stampede Vineyard & Fields Family Wines
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Stampede Vineyard & Fields Family Wines

Stampede Vineyard
Located in the rolling hills of the Clements Hills AVA in the southeast corner of the Lodi Appellation, Stampede Vineyard is a 1940s-era own-rooted Zinfandel planting farmed by owners and brothers Jeff and John Perlegos. The vines are rooted in the Mokelumne riverside bed of sandy loam soil. Most of the yield from Stampede Vineyard goes to Morgan Twain-Peterson, owner/winemaker of Bedrock Wine Co. in Sonoma Valley. Lucky for us, Twain-Peterson left just enough for Ryan Sherman of Fields Family Wines. The 2013 Lodi Native Stampede Vineyard Zinfandel is produced and bottled by Fields Family Vineyards & Winery by winemaker/co-owner Ryan Sherman.

Fields Family Wines
Fields Family Wines is focused on small lot winemaking, handcrafted for pure quality above all other considerations.  The winery was founded as a collaboration of two families – Russ and Melinda Fields (and three kids), and Ryan and Jaylynn Sherman (with their two kids) — with the help of longtime friends.  These low key grower/winemakers will probably always remain micro-sized, even by boutique winery standards; fostering a casual atmosphere and laid-back attitude in the winery as well as their two tasting rooms. Several different wines are produced from the Lodi AVA:  an old vine Zinfandel, Syrah made from organic grapes, Tempranillo and Petite Sirah, and a few different Red Wine blends — including a  ”BIG RED,” plus an unusual (for Lodi) Super Tuscan inspired blend called Il Ladro (Sangiovese, Zinfandel and a splash of Merlot and Cabernet).  There is also a Cabernet Sauvignon sourced from Mt. Veeder in Napa, and a Merlot from the Oak Knoll District in Napa known for its rich Pomerol style soil and climate.  Recent accolades include a Double Gold and Gold at the San Francisco Chronicle Wine Competition for the Fields Family Zinfandel and Syrah (the latter also receiving “Best of Show” and “Best of Class” awards). The two families maintain a cozy, comfortable tasting room in the middle of Downtown Lodi (20 N. School St.), where Fields Family wines may be purchased at retail.  For a private tasting at the winery, and tour the barrel room with the owner/winemakers, wine lovers are always welcome to call ahead of time to make arrangements.

Stampede Vineyard & Fields Family Wines

Schmiedt Ranch & Macchia Wines

Schmiedt Ranch & Macchia Wines
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Schmiedt Ranch & Macchia Wines

Schmiedt Ranch
Located in a little pocket of Lodi’s Mokelumne River AVA tucked into an east side bend of the winding Mokelumne River off of Bruella Road, Schmiedt Ranch vineyard is an 8-acre own-rooted planting dating back to 1918. Owned by the late great Ross Schmiedt’s family, the ground that Schmiedt Ranch (otherwise known as Dairy Vineyard) currently occupies was once used by Schmiedt’s grandfather to raise dairy cows, grapevines and fruit trees. The vineyard’s proximity to the river and deep, white, almost pure sandy (and less loamier) soil defines the wines coming out of Schmiedt Ranch as having more intense red fruit structure and feminine aromatics such as baker’s cocoa and cherry. The 2013 Lodi Native Schmiedt Ranch Zinfandel was produced and bottled by Macchia Wines by owner/winemaker Tim Holdener.

About Macchia Wines
Macchia is a small, 100% family owned and run winery with a charming tasting room located on the north edge of Lodi’s historic Mokelumne River AVA. The Holdener family’s passion is obviously Zinfandel — Macchia produces more than ten single-vineyard bottling’s, mostly from choice, gnarly vine growths in Lodi, some up to 150 years old.  Macchia has also made its reputation with some of the state’s finest Italian varietal bottling’s (Sangiovese, Barbera, and Nebbiolo); winning top honors in most of the major wine competitions; including “Best of Show,” “Best of State,” and “Best Barbera Produced Outside Italy” (the latter, twice!). 

Schmiedt Ranch & Macchia Wines

TruLux Vineyards & McCay Cellars

TruLux Vineyards & McCay Cellars
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TruLux Vineyards & McCay Cellars

TruLux Vineyard
TruLux is a west side Lodi Mokelumne River AVA vineyard, originally planted in the 1940’s on St. George rootstock.  It is distinguished by unusually tall head trained vines (topping 6 feet) and a clonal selection producing atypically loose, elongated clusters.  This, and loamy sand, yields dark, meaty fruit qualities with a perceptible earthy, loamy complexity. The Lodi Native 2013 TruLux Zinfandel is produced and bottled by McCay Cellars by owner/winemaker Michael J. McCay.  

About McCay Cellars
McCay Cellars wines are handcrafted from start to finish.  Owner/winemaker Michael McCay is bullish about his contention that Lodi has California’s best climate for producing wine grapes. The Mokelumne River AVA’s sandy loam soil, along with the Delta’s cool breezes, provide a perfect and unique environment for maturing fully ripened yet well balanced grapes; when managed correctly, producing wines of moderate alcohol and ample natural acidity. Respectful of this advantageous terroir, McCay Cellars produces small case lots (typically less than 200 cases per each), largely native yeast fermented, and aged in French oak barrels. McCay Cellars currently produces seven different single-vineyard Zinfandels; plus a delicate, refined Grenache (which McCay believes could be Lodi’s “Pinot Noir”); a meaty, scrubby yet plush Carignan (from a vineyard originally planted in 1909); a dry, zingy, contemporary style white wine blend; and the freshest dry rosé this side of Provence.

TruLux Vineyards & McCay Cellars

Marian’s Vineyard & St. Amant Winery

Marian’s Vineyard & St. Amant Winery
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Marian’s Vineyard & St. Amant Winery

Marian’s Vineyard
Marian’s Vineyard is a revered 8.3-acre own-rooted Mokelumne River AVA growth, located south of the town of Lodi. It was originally planted in 1901 by a branch of the Mettler family on present-day Mohr-Fry Ranch; and today it is farmed by father-and-son Jerry and Bruce Fry. It is named for Marian Mohr Fry Zimmerman, the Fry family matriarch who passed away in 2007 at the age of 94. Marian’s deep sandy loam is extremely well drained (in many years, yielding less than 2 tons/acre); but recent vintages have seen the vineyard produced over 30 tons of bold, concentrated fruit – a testament to how well it is farmed today, in accordance with Lodi Rules for Sustainable Winegrowing.  The entirety of Marian’s goes to St.Amant Winery, founded by the late Tim Spencer (a Lodi icon). The 2013 Lodi Native Marian’s Vineyard Zinfandel was produced and bottled by St.Amant Winery by winemaker/owner Stuart Spencer.

About St. Amant Winery
St. Amant is a small family owned winery founded in 1979 by longtime grower Tim Spencer and his wife, Barbara. The family takes pride in producing handcrafted wines of consistent, uncompromising quality. Today, Tim and Barbara’s son – Stuart Spencer (who also serves as Lodi Winegrape Commission’s Program Director) – continues to craft pure, fruit-forward, food-friendly wines that are, above all, delicious. The Spencer approach is based upon the belief that wine, first and foremost, is a beverage of pleasure, best enjoyed with family and friends. This all starts with the premise that great, well balanced wines come from meticulously grown grapes. St.Amant made its mark with classic Lodi old vine Zinfandel — particularly the iconic Marian’s Vineyard Zinfandel farmed by Mohr-Fry Ranches – but  has also always focused on Mediterranean inspired wines, made from distinctive, estate grown Portuguese, Spanish, and Italian grapes. Winemaking practices follow traditional hands-on techniques geared towards maximum expression of vineyard sites. St.Amant’s winery and tasting room — still manned primarily by Barbara Spencer herself – is located in an old post-prohibition era cooperative winery on the east side of Lodi. Nothing fancy; but like Lodi itself, an intense, honest, unforgettable experience!

Marian’s Vineyard & St. Amant Winery

Soucie Vineyard & m2 Wines

Soucie Vineyard & m2 Wines
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Soucie Vineyard & m2 Wines

Soucie Vineyard
m2 Wines’ Lodi Native Zinfandel is sourced from the oldest block of Soucie Vineyard; planted in 1916 and farmed by fifth generation Lodi native Kevin Soucie. The vines are own-rooted and head trained, and the soil – extremely fine silt with the consistency of talcum powder – is a variation of the series found in Lodi’s Mokelumne River AVA’s far western edge, identified as Devries sandy loam. The site is also the closest to the Sacramento-San Joaquin River Delta’s cooling breezes in Lodi, resulting in distinctively lush, pungently earthy, terroir-driven styles of Zinfandel. The 2013 Lodi Native Soucie Vineyard Zinfandel was produced and bottled by m2 Wines by winemaker/owner Layne Montgomery.

About m2 Wines
Long known for its unassuming location in an industrial corner of the Lodi AVA, the m2 winery and tasting room has recently moved into a spanking new winery and tasting room on E. Peltier Rd. that has drawn rave reviews for its low slung, “inside/outside” design that tucks into Lodi Wine Country like a nest in the arms of an old vine. But make no mistake: m2 will always be about the wine and people; not appearances, bells or whistles. Since 2004, the mission has remained sharply focused on dynamic artisanal style wines, crafted to highlight distinctive vineyards – especially in Lodi, but also the Sierra Foothills and Napa Valley. When you visit m2 you are more than likely to bump into winemaker/founder Layne Montgomery (one of the two original “M’s”), personally showing visitors around, shooting the breeze or tasting from barrels.

Soucie Vineyard & m2 Wines

Lodi Native Project 2013

Hello and welcome to Lodi Live, a live video tasting featuring six delicious wines produced from the historically rich and diverse Lodi winegrowing region! 

During this special tasting, we'll be exploring the 2013 vintage of Lodi Native - six single-vineyard Zinfandel wines produced in a collaborative project by six like-minded Lodi winegrowers. This is the second vintage of Lodi Native, the first being 2012. 

To learn more about the Lodi AVA and wines, please visit www.lodiwine.com and follow Lodi on Twitter at @Lodi_Wine, using the hashtag #LodiLive and #LodiNative during the tasting. Cheers! 
Host and winemaker at St.Amant Winery, Stuart Spencer, along with Lodi winemakers Todd Maley and Chad Joseph (Maley Brothers), Layne Montgomery (m2 Wines), Michael McCay (McCay Cellars), Ryan Sherman (Fields Family Wines), and Tim Holdener (Macchia) will taste us through these unique and delicious Zinfandel wines from six separate Zinfandel vineyards in Lodi, California. Located at the base of the Sierra Nevada Mountain range, Lodi is approximately 100 miles east of San Francisco and 35 miles south of Sacramento. A major winegrowing region since the 1850’s, Lodi is home to over 100,000 acres of premium vineyards farmed by more than 750 growers.

Concept & Releases
Lodi Native™ is a collaborative project by six winegrowers of like mind, living and working in the historic Lodi American Viticultural Area. Their mission: to turn the spotlight on the region’s heritage plantings – many of them dating back to the late 1800s – through sensible viticulture and minimalist winemaking practices, beginning with native yeast fermentation and use of no new oak. The focus is on Zinfandel, but on the taste of vineyards rather than varietal character or brand.

Lodi Native wines are available for purchase in 6-bottle cases only; each consisting of all six different single-vineyard bottlings. Lodi Native cases are available exclusively from the Lodi Wine & Visitor Center for $180.

We will be tasting in the following order:

Stampede Vineyard
Winemaker, Ryan Sherman (Fields Family Wines)
Growers, Jeff & John Perlegos

Schmiedt Ranch
Winemaker, Tim Holdener (Macchia Wines)
Grower, Ross Schmiedt. Professionally managed by Markus Bokisch of Bokisch Ranches.

Wegat Vineyard
Winemaker, Chad Joseph (Maley Brothers)
Grower, Todd Maley

Trulux Vineyard
Winemaker, Michael McCay (McCay Cellars)
Grower, Keith Watts

Marian’s Vineyard
Winemaker, Stuart Spencer (St. Amant Winery)
Growers, Jerry & Bruce Fry (Mohr-Fry Ranches)

Soucie Vineyard
Winemaker, Layne Montgomery (m2 Wines)
Grower, Kevin Soucie

The Lodi Native Mission
• To demonstrate to more sophisticated consumers, media (print and blogosphere) and gatekeepers (such as specialty retailers and sommeliers/restaurateurs) that distinguished, distinctly identifiable vineyards exist in Lodi, similar to other great wine regions of the world.
• To encourage preservation and appreciation of old vine plantings – well as of Lodi’s long tradition of grower/custodians – by focusing more attention on vineyard sites, vis-à-vis real and tangible sensory expressions in each bottling.
• To build professional camaraderie, a culture of information sharing, and new challenges for Lodi’s Zinfandel specialists.

Commitments
• That anything worth doing should entail fairly strict protocols in order to be meaningful.
• That no protocol should run contrary to the project’s primary purpose, which is to highlight terroir, and Lodi’s heritage Zinfandel plantings and growers.
• That each participating producer faithfully applies “best efforts,” while being willing to sacrifice personal or brand style in order to achieve the project’s mission.

Winemaking Protocols
• 100% Zinfandel bottlings from a single contiguous vineyard (exception: old vine plantings with long established field mixes) located within the Lodi AVA.
• Preference for established “old vine” plantings (i.e. pre-1962), with exceptions made for distinctive younger plantings.
• Native yeast (non-inoculated) fermentations only.
• No use of oak chips, dust or similar amendments.
• No acidification or de-acidification.
• No new oak or use of innerstaves in aging process.
• No water addition or de-alcoholizing measures.
• No tannin additions.
• No inoculation for malolactic fermentation.
• No use of Mega-Purple or other concentrate products.
• No filtering or fining.
• No must concentration, Flash Détente or similar extraction measures.
• Proposed cuvées are to be submitted by each producer for sensory evaluation and subsequent approval of entire group.
• Preference for vineyards certified by Lodi Rules for Sustainable Winegrowing and/or CCOF.

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