New Finds in Lodi

I emailed Randy Caparoso, Wine journalist (SOMM Journal, The Tasting Panel) on what he was tasting now. He came back with Oak Farm, McCay Cellars and Harney Lane. First stop was Harney Lane, I’ve had their Albarino in the past, but curious to taste a wider range of their wines. We tasted the 2014 Chardonnay, 2015 Albarino, 2013 Tempranillo, 2012 & 2013 Zinfandel. The tempranillo is a fantastic wine, tobacco and plum and a lasting finish.

Our next stop was the very cool tasting room (airplane fanatics theme) of McCay Cellars. Tasted their 2014 Viognier, 2013 Cab Franc, a library of Zinfandels, including the 2011 Contention Zinfandel. Their kindness continued with a barrel sample of 2014 Tempranillo.

The last suggested vineyard, Oak Farm Vineyards. We tasted Albarino, Cortese, Chardonnay, Sangiovese and Merlot. Their tasting room manager, Keith Baker, suggested that we need to go visit one more today, Acquiesce Winery, a white-only producer focused on the Rhone Valley varietals. Good call there, as their Viognier, Rousanne, Grenache Blanc and blended wines were fantastic.

Harney Lane

Harney Lane

2014 Chardonnay
light straw. white flowers, citrus fruit, apple, pear, spices, with oak in the background. $25

2015 Albarino
pale, light yellow. white flowers, orange, lime zest, lemon pith, herbs. crisp finish. $20

2013 Tempranillo
light garnet. cherry, plum, earth, tobacco, toasted. finishes with a strong leather note. $26

2012 Zinfandel
deep garnet. cranberry, blueberry, raspberry, herbs, spices. juicy finish. $22

2013 Zinfandel
deep garnet. cherry, blackberry, sweet spices, cedar, leather. dry finish. $36

McCay Cellars

Welcome to McCay 2014 McCay Cellars Zinfandel

2014 Viognier
light yellow. fruit blossom, peach, pear, lime, stony minerality. $24

2013 Cabernet Franc
garnet. blackberry, dark cherry, sweet spices, tobacco. medium-plus complexity. $35

2013 Tempranillo
garnet. cherry, blackberry jam, pepper & spices, cinnamon. $28

2013 Tru Lux Zinfandel
garnet. cherry, raspberry, cranberry, cinnamon, baking spices. dry finish. $32

2011 Contention Zinfandel
dark garnet, almost black. cranberry pie, cherry, raspberry, plum, dark chocolate, cooked peppers. $64

Oak Farm Vineyards

2014 Oak Farm Vineyards Merlot

2015 Albarino
light yellow. fruit blossom, orange and tangerine, lime zest, citrus peel. fruit cocktail. $24

2015 Cortese
light yellow. lemon, lime, citrus zest, saline. $20

2015 Chardonnay
light yellow. white flowers, tropical fruit, mango, cinnamon, clove, herbaceous. slight oak, on a crisp finish. $25

2014 Sangiovese
garnet. fig, cherry, plum, caramel, baking spices, cinnamon. $27

2014 Merlot
garnet. cherry, raspberry, smoky mint, chocolate, cookie. complex wine. $25

Acquiesce Winery

Acquiesce 2015 Acquiesce Grenache Blanc

2015 Grenache Blanc
light yellow. citrus blossom, green apple, stone fruit, mineral. citrus driven finish. $24

2014 Grenache Blanc
light yellow. lemon, lime, citrus peel, mineral. crisp finish. $24

2015 Roussanne
white flowers, lime, juicy, spicy citrus finish. $25

2015 Viognier
light yellow. fruit blossom, peach, pear, citrus, spices and herbs. $24

2015 Bella Blanc
light yellow. honeysuckle, pear, peach, citrus, herbaceous. $26
blend: 45% Grenache Blanc, 45% Roussanne, 10% Viognier

About Lodi AVA

The Lodi AVA is located between Sacramento and Stockton at the northern tip of the San Joaquin Valley. The area receives is cooled by ocean and bay breezes and has a medium climate with warm days and cool night. The large Lodi AVA encompasses seven smaller AVAs: Alta Mesa, Borden Ranch, Clements Hills, Cosumnes River, Jahant, Mokelumne River and Sloughhouse.

November 2015 Notes

Five wines sampled this month, with the new find, the 2013 Calera Winery Viognier Doux.

2014 Pine Ridge Winery Chenin Blanc-Viognier 2014 Pine Ridge Winery Chenin Blanc/Viognier
light straw color. white peach, pear, lime. acid: med+, crisp finish. $10
2013 Ridge Vineyards East Bench Zinfandel 2013 Ridge Vineyards East Bench Zinfandel
raspberry, vegetal, sweet oak, spice. beautiful finish. $35
2007 Darenberg Winery Viognier-Marsanne 2007 Darenberg Winery “the Hermit Crab” Viognier/Marsanne
straw color. perfumed floral, exotic spices, apricot, citrus, honey. acid: med+ $15
2013 Calera Winery Viognier Doux 2013 Calera Winery Viognier Doux
apricot, honeysuckle, citrus zest, honey, peach, sweet. rich fruit finish. $39
2013 Amalaya Bodega Malbec 2013 Amalaya Bodega Malbec
dark red. dark cherry, meat, spicy. acid: m+ $16