Localization: Mokelumne River, Lodi, California, USA
Tasting Notes: Ethereal spice aromas derive from this melange of Zinfandel, Carignan. Flame Tokay, Black Prince, and Mission grapes. On the palate, you get pinot-like smoothness and flavors of layerd plum, dark cherry, and spicy pumpkin with just enough spice to remind that this is still a Zinfandel.
93 Points - Wine Enthusiast: Toasted oak aromas give a good top-note to this well-balanced, moderately tannic wine from a 130-year-old vineyard, and allow delicious raspberry and blackberry flavors room to expand on the palate. Ginger, nutmeg and cinnamon animate the aroma and linger into the finish.
Notes: Winemarker Greg La Follette
The Domain: From Royal Tee, Bechtold and Spenker Ranch Vineyards. Planted in 1888, The Jesse’s Grove “Royal T” vineyard was struck on its own roots in sandy silt river-overflow soils formed during the last 100,000 years as erosion deposits from the newly-formed (and still uplifting) Sierra Nevada mountains. The 6 varietals, scattered randomly across the vineyard, was a standard planting scenario for the period. Now deeply rooted (30’ and counting), the vines are dry-farmed to organic standards.