According to a recent blog entry by Mr Randy Caparoso, Ridge Vineyards
is looking back to Lodi for a fruit source!
Lodi Wine Commission Blog
"Why Big Time Producers like Ridge and Neyers are Mining Lodi for Zinfandel"
by Randy Caparoso
June 5, 2018
"Over the weekend we received a note from David Gates, who is V.P. of Vineyard Operations for Ridge Vineyards – a winery that deserves all the credit in the world for being the first modern day California producer to take Zinfandel seriously.
"According to Gates: 'We are excited about coming back to Lodi after a loooong hiatus. We are looking to diversify our Zinfandel portfolio to help spread out the harvest; and we have seen how Lodi has changed in the last ten or so years – with better, or different, viticulture.'
Last week Mr. Gates came out to Lodi to look at Lot 13 Vineyard – an own-rooted 1915 planting located in the pit of an oxbow bend of the Mokelumne River
, on Lodi’s east side. Over the phone Gates told us: 'The first time I saw the vineyard was three years ago, when I met with Mike McCay (owner/winemaker of McCay Cellars
, who also owns and farms Lot 13). I found that Mike is very passionate, farming-wise. It turned out that he was using only about half of the vineyard for his own wines, and selling the rest. So in 2018, we will be taking some Zinfandel off of this vineyard.
We’re very excited, and can’t wait because we know it’s going to be good.'
"The last time Ridge Vineyards
sourced Zinfandel from Lodi was in 1974 (starting in 1969)....
"Says Gates, 'We’re looking at Lot 13 in particular because we like the way Mike picks a little earlier, which is what we like to do. Plus, there is a very unique soil chemistry in that site. Although the fruit may come in with about same amount of total acidity as other vineyards, there is a little more tartaric acid. So when you go through malolactic fermentation, you end up with a little more acidity in the finished wine – something you don’t usually associate with Zinfandel from Lodi. But as you know, even a tiny bit more acidity can make a big difference on the palate.'..."[/i]
More on McCay Cellars and the "Lot 13 Vineyard"
• McCay Cellars Blog
• Lodi Wine Commission Blog
"What Makes Lodi Zinfandel Different? Conversation with Mike McCay"
by Randy Caparoso
January 31, 2018