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2013 Zin from Gold Country

Posted: October 11, 2013 in Wines
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These 2013 zinfandel grapes come from El Dorado County’s Shenandoah Valley, in California’s Gold Country. They came from a grower who was offering to deliver them and use of his crusher/destemmer. He also took this photo and sent it to me on harvest day (Tuesday, Oct. 8) before coming down. Since these days have been busy, I decided to try it instead of having to deal with transporting them myself. This will also be a smaller production year, with almost 400 pounds and no plans to get more this harvest season.

Makings for the 2012 People’s Pink are here! In a year this will be a 13.05% alcohol, California blend of 74% barbera and 26% rubired. Got this Oct. 1, 2012 as juice from Delicato in Manteca, more than 100 bottles expected.

Zinfandel, 2010, Martinez, CA

Posted: July 31, 2012 in Wines

A dark red with a smoky flavor, about 60 bottles were made of this high-alcohol, 16.8 percent alcohol red harvested literally as the rainy season was bearing down. The farmer, who I found on craigslist, was trying to get rid of his final crop after light rains, with the first big storm of the season coming the next weekend. I picked the grapes myself, and even got to drive a John Deere. Aged with American oak.

People’s Pink, 2008, Lodi

Posted: July 31, 2012 in Wines
People's Pink, 2008, Lodi by eric.louie
People’s Pink, 2008, Lodi, a photo by eric.louie on Flickr.

A light, 12.7 percent alcohol blend of 49 percent zinfandel, 33 percent carignan and 18 percent rubired primarily from Lodi, with a little Fresno mixed in. Made from juice through Delicato Vineyards, about 150 bottles were produced, aged with American oak.

People’s Pink, 2007, Lodi

Posted: July 31, 2012 in Wines
People's Pink, 2007, Lodi by eric.louie
People’s Pink, 2007, Lodi, a photo by eric.louie on Flickr.

Eight cases of this light, 13.3 percent alcohol pink were made in the first, somewhat large-scale production of Louie Wines. A light, everyday wine made with 86 percent syrah from Lodi and 14 percent rubired from elsewhere in California, the name People’s Pink was given to reflect this new line given the mission of drinkability for the people.

Malbec, 2006, Lodi

Posted: July 31, 2012 in Wines
Malbec, 2006, Lodi by eric.louie
Malbec, 2006, Lodi, a photo by eric.louie on Flickr.

Only about 40 bottles of this smooth-tasting batch from Lodi were made. Details are scant, including alcohol content.

Muscat, 2005, Lodi

Posted: July 31, 2012 in Wines
Muscat, 2005, Lodi by eric.louie
Muscat, 2005, Lodi, a photo by eric.louie on Flickr.

The first use of actual winemaking grapes, only a couple cases of these were made. Unfined, a reaction after bottling gave a little carbonation, and corks to be pushed out. Therefore they were drunk quickly to not be wasted, and the low number meant they disappeared quickly without many other notes. Alcohol was never estimated. Some thought it was high, but that was likely due to early drinking.