Boneshaker is a robust, full-throttle “old vine” Zinfandel from Lodi, California, a region known for its warm growing season and sandy soils. Gnarled old vines produce fewer clusters and small berries with intense sugar, color, and a high concentration of bold fruit flavor.
The 2020 vintage opens with aromas of ripe cherry, blackberry, subtle notes of spice and a hint of leather. On the palate, perfectly ripe red berry and further red fruit flavors are accompanied by a balanced structure, firm tannins and a touch of warm spice on a gentle toasty finish.
This old vine zinfandel is sourced from two historical vineyards – Arbor 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.