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    Ed Rasimus Guest

    Default Lodi Wines

    I've been running into wines from Lodi Valley CA for some reason and
    almost across the board I'm liking what I encounter. Last summer while
    traveling around the mountains of Wyoming (an unlikely venue for deep
    wine lists), I had a syrah that impressed. "6th Sense Syrah" from
    Michael-David Winery in Lodi 2006. The wine was deep bluish purple and
    had a smokey first note that then morphed into a more typical
    blueberry/blackberry fruit. Lucious mouth feel and a lingering need to
    order a case of it were prominent. Since then I've actually been
    through three cases and it has been adopted as sort of a "house wine."

    Last night I opened another Lodi wine, this time a petit syrah from
    Windmill Estates 2006. Again a viscous, dark, full-bodied fruit
    forward style which surprised me. I went hunting the wine online today
    and was surprised to find it is a product of the same Michael-David
    group. Apparently he specializes in old vine zinfandels and Rhone
    varietals. About $12 for the Windmill PS and $18 for the 6th Sense.

    I've also been drinking some offerings from Lange Twins Vineyard, also
    in Lodi. Not as in-your-face as the Michael-David stuff, but have
    encountered an excellent cab sauvignon and viognier. They also have a
    an unoaked chardonnay and recently released their first attempts with
    pinot noir.

    Lodi may be a growing source (excuse the pun) for low-cost/high value
    wines during the next few years. Will be interesting to see how
    vintages vary with weather conditions.
    Ed Rasimus
    Fighter Pilot (USAF-Ret)
    www.thundertales.blogspot.com


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    Zeppo Guest

    Default Re: Lodi Wines

    "Ed Rasimus" <[email protected]> wrote in message
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    > I've been running into wines from Lodi Valley CA for some reason and
    > almost across the board I'm liking what I encounter. Last summer while
    > traveling around the mountains of Wyoming (an unlikely venue for deep
    > wine lists), I had a syrah that impressed. "6th Sense Syrah" from
    > Michael-David Winery in Lodi 2006. The wine was deep bluish purple and
    > had a smokey first note that then morphed into a more typical
    > blueberry/blackberry fruit. Lucious mouth feel and a lingering need to
    > order a case of it were prominent. Since then I've actually been
    > through three cases and it has been adopted as sort of a "house wine."
    >
    > Last night I opened another Lodi wine, this time a petit syrah from
    > Windmill Estates 2006. Again a viscous, dark, full-bodied fruit
    > forward style which surprised me. I went hunting the wine online today
    > and was surprised to find it is a product of the same Michael-David
    > group. Apparently he specializes in old vine zinfandels and Rhone
    > varietals. About $12 for the Windmill PS and $18 for the 6th Sense.
    >

    Ed,
    I've been a fan of the Phillips Brothers wine for some time now. Their wines
    are not very subtle, but always enjoyable. Their 7 Deadly Zins, Earthquake
    Zin and Petit-Petit have been family favorites for some time. I'm fond of
    their Incognito Viognier as well.

    Haven't tried the 6th sense yet, but will make a point to.
    Jon


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    cwdjrxyz Guest

    Default Re: Lodi Wines

    On Dec 23, 11:05*am, Ed Rasimus <rasimusSPAML...@verizon.net> wrote:
    > I've been running into wines from Lodi Valley CA for some reason and
    > almost across the board I'm liking what I encounter. Last summer while
    > traveling around the mountains of Wyoming (an unlikely venue for deep
    > wine lists), I had a syrah that impressed. "6th Sense Syrah" from
    > Michael-David Winery in Lodi 2006. The wine was deep bluish purple and
    > had a smokey first note that then morphed into a more typical
    > blueberry/blackberry fruit. Lucious mouth feel and a lingering need to
    > order a case of it were prominent. Since then I've actually been
    > through three cases and it has been adopted as sort of a "house wine."
    >
    > Last night I opened another Lodi wine, this time a petit syrah from
    > Windmill Estates 2006. Again a viscous, dark, full-bodied fruit
    > forward style which surprised me. I went hunting the wine online today
    > and was surprised to find it is a product of the same Michael-David
    > group. Apparently he specializes in old vine zinfandels and Rhone
    > varietals. About $12 for the Windmill PS and $18 for the 6th Sense.
    >
    > I've also been drinking some offerings from Lange Twins Vineyard, also
    > in Lodi. Not as in-your-face as the Michael-David stuff, but have
    > encountered an excellent cab sauvignon and viognier. They also have a
    > an unoaked chardonnay and recently released their first attempts with
    > pinot noir.
    >
    > Lodi may be a growing source (excuse the pun) for low-cost/high value
    > wines during the next few years. Will be interesting to see how
    > vintages vary with weather conditions.


    Lodi has long produced some powerful high quality Zinfandel in some
    years. I still have 2 bottles of the famous(infamous?) Ridge
    California Zinfandel Essence Lodi 1972. It is an extreme type of late
    harvest wine. Although not fortified, it is very port-like. It has
    14.4% alcohol, total acid of 0.78% as tartaric, and 6.7%sugar(4.9%
    fructose and 1.8% glucose) .The grapes came from the Buena Vista
    vineyard. Serve it as you would port. It is not for serving with a
    meal, unless you like sweet classic port with it.

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