Boneshaker Old Vine Zinfandel 2019
Boneshaker is a robust, full-throttle “old vine” Zinfandel from Lodi, California, a region known for its warm growing season and sandy soils. The main source of this Zinfandel, the Bruella Vineyard, is home to vines over sixty years old. Sustainably cultivated by the Mettler family, a fourth generation Lodi grower, these gnarled old vines produce fewer clusters and small berries with intense sugar, color, and a high concentration of bold fruit flavor.
In the lexicon of wine, 'Zinfandel' might as well be spelled 'Lodi.' The region is responsible for many of the finest expressions and the oldest plantings of the grape in all of California. This one comes from vines over 40 years of age and is balanced, elegant and smooth, with sweet strawberry fruit, spice, mocha and vanilla. Perfect for braised short ribs.
Older vines make bolder Zinfandel. Bruella Vineyard and Fathom Ranch are owned by Jason and Kimberly Eells, whose multi-generational family has sold grapes to Hahn Family Wines for over 20 years. These vineyards produce exceptional fruit with a character only found in California, yielding Zinfandel as rich and spicy as their history.
Appellation This Old Vine Zinfandel is sourced from two historical vineyards – Bruella Vineyard and Fathom Ranch – both located in the Mokelumne River AVA, a sub-appellation of the Lodi AVA that is home to more Old Vine Zinfandel vineyards than any region in the U.S. The heritage, head-trained Zinfandel vines in these low- yielding vineyards range from 60 to over 100 years old, with roots that reach deep into well-drained, sandy loam soils. With a Mediterranean climate featuring warm, sunny days and evenings cooled by breezes off the Sacramento River Delta, the Lodi AVA has long been recognized as one of the finest AVAs for growing intensely flavored Zinfandel. Certified sustainable under the highly respected Lodi Rules for Sustainable Farming program, these vineyards promote biodiversity, soil and water health, and community and employee well-being.
Flavor Profile A vibrant ruby red in color, this 2019 Zinfandel opens with aromas of dark cherry, blackberry, subtle notes of spice and a hint of leather. On the palate, perfectly ripe red berry and fruit flavors are accompanied by a balanced structure with firm ripe tannins and a touch of warm spices on a gentle toasty finish.
Food Pairing BBQ ribs, tri-tip, grilled vegetables.