I love old vine Zinfandels, especially from the Lodi area - the sometimes 100+ year old vines are great for reflecting the terroir of their vineyards, and seem to play well with other varietals when blended. OZV (Old Zin Vines) are bottled by Oak Ridge Winery, a family that has farmed grapes in Lodi for 5 generations.
Old Vine Zinfandel 2013: fermented in separate lots in both oak and stainless; lots blended after aging; pleasing deep red in color; dried currant, dark cherry, and dust aromas; dark cherry, prune, smoky plum and tart red berry flavors; medium pleasant mouthfeel; nicely balanced wine; cork closure; SRP $14. Paired fantastically with a variety of pizza toppings.
Red Wine Blend 2013: Blend of Zinfandel, Cabernet, Petite Sirah and Merlot; fermented in open top stainless steel; deep dark ruby red with garnet highlights; smoke, blueberry, and red berry aromas; dark berry, plum, cream soda, and rhubarb flavors; very smooth mouthfeel; nicely balanced wine with a pleasing lingering finish; cork closure; SRP $14. Tasted this on its own and also with a burger topped with cheese, onions, jalapenos, and a little bit of bbq sauce. Tasty on its own, then really came alive with the food.
These are simple, well-crafted, and extremely quaffable wines, the sort that go with a variety of foods and therefore are great to have around. There's also an OZV Rosé that's probably really good based on the other two wines in this line.
Wines provided for review purposes - opinions are my own.
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