2017 Sandlands Chenin Blanc Lodi

Vintage: 
2017
Score: 
92
Grade: 
A-
Current Price: 
$46.00USD

As I said in a prior review. Sandlands makes my favorite US Chanin Blanc.  Light golden in color.  The nose is very nice  with wax, orange peel, minerals and slight lemon.  Medium bodied.  On the palate, there is a nice depth.  The orange peel comes thru with a slight waxy note.  Good energy.  Nice balance.  Long finish.  This drank great on its own after a tasting of 12 different Lodi Zins.  It really cut thru and cleaned the palate and was delicious.  drink over the next seven to ten years.  This is one mailing list I highly recommend that you join.  

2012 Klinker Brick Zinfandel Old Vine, USA, California, Lodi, Wine Review

Vintage: 
2012
Score: 
87
Grade: 
B
Current Price: 
$18.00USD

Nice to try this with a bit more age on it.  Purple in color with some dark brown mix, mostly opaque and bright.  The nose is tight but opens to show some black raspberries, dust and just a touch of cider.  On the palate, this has prunes along with a bit of green tomatoes although it is much better than that sounds.  It probably should be drunk up.  This works on its own and would work with a meat based stew.  

2017 Mt. Luxxe Vineyards Zinfandel Old Vine, USA, California, Lodi, Wine Review

Vintage: 
2017
Score: 
89
Grade: 
B+

I liked this (more than the people I was tasting with).  It is more claret styled than fruit filled.  Ruby in color, mostly clear and bright.  The nose has light cherry notes with a touch of smoke.  On the palate, a nice texture.  Tart and fresh cherries, slight pie filling.  Slight tannins.  Good acidity.  Nice finish.  This wine will do better with food.  Chili would work well.  Drink over the next few years.  

2016 Klinker Brick Zinfandel Old Vine Old Ghost, USA, California, Lodi, Wine Review

Vintage: 
2016
Score: 
90
Grade: 
A-
Current Price: 
$37.00USD

This is one of the consistently better Zinfandels from Lodi.  Purple in color, ruby at the rim.  Mostly opaque and bright.  The nose has cherries and coffee along with a bit of an herbal streak.  Full bodied.  On the palate this has light tannins.  Nice black cherry fruit.  Maybe a bit of dates.  A bit of late heat on the finish.  This drinks well on its own and will work well with a steak or a burger off the grill.  Drink over the next five to seven years.  

2016 Klinker Brick Zinfandel Old Vine, USA, California, Lodi, Wine Review

Vintage: 
2016
Score: 
84
Grade: 
B
Current Price: 
$16.00USD

Ruby in color, mostly clear and bright.  The nose is dusty with sour cherries.  On the palate, this has a nice texture, but the palate lacks.  There is a bit of a tomato paste note along with some cough syrup.  It seems a bit thinner on fruit though there is some cherry quality.  A bit of menthol/alcohol on the finish.  Others I drank this with liked it more than I.  Drink in the next few years. It might work better with some spicy chicken wings.  

2017 Michael-David Vineyards Zinfandel 7 Deadly Zins Old Vine, USA, California, Lodi, Wine Review

Vintage: 
2017
Score: 
86
Grade: 
B
Current Price: 
$12.00USD

At the time, this was made by Michael David winery.  They have since sold off this line.  It continues to be an excellent source of good value Zinfandel.  Ruby in color, mostly opaque and bright.  The nose has nice cherry fruit but with a touch of a chemical/glue nose.  On the palate, it is much nicer with cherries and chocolate.  It could use a touch more acidity but it drinks easily.  Nice on its own, this makes a nice wine for a large party.  Drink over the next few years.  

2016 Michael-David Vineyards Lust, USA, California, Lodi, Wine Review

Vintage: 
2016
Score: 
88
Grade: 
B+
Current Price: 
$45.00USD

This is the top end of the Michael David lineup of Zinfandels.  15.5% abv.  Inky purple in color, ruby at the rim, opaque and bright.  The nose has cherries, plums and black pepper. Medium bodied with medium tannins.  On the palate, black cherries becoming more cough syrup on the finish.  Overall a solid Zinfandel but there doesn't seem to be an upgrade over some of this wineries less expensive wines.  This should be consumed in the next five to eight years.  It will work well on its own and work great with a burger (or veggie burger) off the grill.  

2019 Bedrock Wine Co. Zinfandel Noma Vineyard, USAA, California, Lodi, Wine Review

Vintage: 
2019
Score: 
84
Grade: 
B
Current Price: 
$39.00USD

Not sure if this was an off bottle or in a bad place right now, but this was the groups and mine last place bottle in a recent tasting of Lodi Zins.  Very disappointing.  I do have another bottle and will revisit at some point to update this note.  Deep ruby in color.  The nose has cherry cough syrup with mint and a green tomato streak.  On the palate, the texture is nice with medium tannins but the fruit is light and the green tomato streak dominates.  Some black cherry fruit comes out at the end along with a lot of heat and cough syrup.  Not sure what is going on here.  Drinkable I suppos

2018 Mettler Family Vineyards Zinfandel Old Vine Epicenter, USA, California, Lodi, Wine Review

Vintage: 
2018
Score: 
88
Grade: 
B+
Current Price: 
$18.00USD

Deep garnet in color. The nose takes twenty minutes to open and then shows black cherries, raspberries and spice.  Medium to full bodied.  Medium tannins.  Nice black cherry fruit on the palate.  Some vanilla.  The finish builds but it does have some heat.  Leaning toward the bigger side of Lodi Zin but not all the way there.  Very pleasant.  This should be consumed in the next five years.  A nice wine with a burger or comfort food like mac and cheese.  

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