It started with a small, neglected, unprofitable 3-acre Zinfandel vineyard behind the family home on Alpine Road. It was time to tear it out and plant Cabernet sauvignon to sell to a ridiculously huge winery for a ridiculously low price. Before investing tens of thousands of dollars to replant, we decided to see if this tired old vineyard could do anything. It was also the family's 100th anniversary of owning the land, so a "commemorative vintage" sounded like a good idea. We harvested a ton and delivered it to the winery. They did their magic. Eighteen months later, we had something very special: 60 cases of Zinfandel that tasted as good as any Lodi Zin in the $20 price range. It wasn't a big deal that it won a silver medal at America's largest wine competition. The big deal was that it won in the $24-$28 price category. This at a time when only a handful of Lodi zins sold for more than $30 a bottle. With a little work, maybe we could make something of these tired old vines! Wanting to make sure that 2013 wasn't a fluke (and wanting more of that great wine for our family and friends), we harvested another ton in 2016. People liked it even better than our 2013! Then came another silver medal.
Buoyed by the hope of producing truly great wine from our own vines, our proprietor began personally tending the block North of the house in order to squeeze the highest quality out of the fruit. In 2018, we collaborated with Big Dog Vineyards in Milpitas to produce a beautiful Zinfandel matured in Appalachian Oak. In 2019, we designated this award winning vineyard block as "Block V," teamed up with one of California's top winemakers, and produced 125 cases of some of the finest Lodi Zinfandel we have ever tasted. Though our 2020 vintage was great, our 2021 is being aged in French oak and promises to be the best zin out of Lodi for that year.
Stay tuned for the opening of The Lounge at Lodi Crush, a local tasting room that will feature our wine, as well as exceptional single vineyard wines from other Lodi producers.