Lodi’s Mokelumne Glen Vineyard is an unusual vineyard in arguably the most unusual of California's wine areas (and I mean that in the very best sense of the term). The Koth's collection of German and Austrian wine grapes is up to more than 40 cultivars. From 1998 through 2009, the Koths bottled wine under their own Mokelumne Glen Vineyards label. These days, the grapes go to winemakers who are willing to make great wines with sometimes unknown (to most consumers) varietals. Kudos to them!
Holman Cellars 2015 Uncharted Lodi Bacchus: 3 day skin contact; fermented in stainless steel; stone fruit, citrus, and floral aromas; apricot, spice, and pear flavors; cork closure; 45 cases produced; SRP $25.00. Holman Cellars creates small lots of 1-4 barrels, which means they can take chances with lesser-known varietals like this 100% Bacchus.
Markus Wine Company 2014 Nimmo Lodi White Wine: 71% Kerner, 13% Gewürtztraminer, 11% Riesling, 5% Bacchus; fermented initially in barrel then stainless steel with native yeasts; aged 9 months in 60% new French oak; lees stirred every 10 days; melon, floral, and tropical fruit aromas; musky melon and tropical fruit flavors; twist-off closure; 180 cases produced; SRP $22.00.
Hatton Daniels 2015 Lodi Zweigelt: hand harvested grapes; initial fermentation on skins and stems; no sulphur used; red berry, herbal, and smoky aromas; tea, cherry, and herbal flavors; cork closure; 72 cases; SRP $24.00.
m2 Wines 2014 Belle Étoile Blanche: 35% Reislaner, 25% Weissburgunder, 20% Riesling, 20% Gewürtztraminer; fermented 50% neutral French barrels, 50% stainless steel; not fortified; floral, honey, and nutty aromas and flavors; beautifully balanced dessert wine; cork closure; SRP $24.00.Great information (including the tasting video) on the wines, vineyard, and producers can be seen on the brandlive website.
Wines provided for tasting purposes - all opinions are my own.
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