Lodi Native, Rous Vineyard 2016 Zinfandel

Lodi Native, Rous Vineyard 2016 Zinfandel
Lodi Native, Rous Vineyard 2016 Zinfandel

Lodi Old Vine Zinfandel, Rous Vineyard

 

CONCEPT & RELEASES

Lodi Native™ is a collaborative project by six winegrowers of like mind, living and working in the Lodi American Viticultural Area – particularly Lodi’s historic Mokelumne River sub-AVA.  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.

 

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 inner staves 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.

Vintage2016
VarietalZinfandel
AppellationLodi
DesignationOld-Vine Zinfandel
Harvest Date08/28/2016
AgingBarrel Aged
FermentationOpen Top
Alcohol15.80%
Volume750 ml
Bottling Date08/29/2017
Cases Produced203
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