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2011 Harney Lane Old Vine Zinfandel Lizzy James Vineyard Lodi

Lodi is well-known for old vine Zinfandel with many vines planted more than a century ago. Some of Lodi’s grape-growing families have participated in as many vintages themselves. The Schnaidt-Mettler family, which created Harney Lane Winery in 2006, started as growers and planted their first Lodi grapes in 1906. Winery founder George Mettler [1943–2013] resided adjacent to the family vineyard his entire life.

The Lizzy James Vineyard, which belongs to Harney Lane and has produced the winery’s most-celebrated wine from the beginning, dates back to 1904. It holds roughly 20-acres of gnarled, head-trained Zinfandel vines planted on Lodi’s unique Tokay sandy loam.

The 2011 Harney Lane Lizzy James is a hedonistic, yet balanced, Zinfandel: deeply-colored wine and full-bodied with medium+ chalky tannins. Its luscious aromas and flavors of sweet red and black cherries, spice, toffee and caramel are so generous that it's hard to put the glass down. The stated alcohol is high, but rich fruit and a touch of residual sugar ensure  there’s no heat on the palate. Enjoy over the next three to five years. Highly Recommended

2011 Harney Lane Old Vine Zinfandel Lizzy James Vineyard Lodi
2011 Harney Lane Lizzy JamesRating: Highly Recommended
Drink: now through 2018
Release Date: November 9, 2013
Closure: Cork
Production: 443 cases
Retail Price: $35.00

Winemaker: Chad Joseph
Blend: Zinfandel
Origin: Lizzy James Vineyard, eastern Mokelumne River AVA, Lodi
Aging: 22 months in French oak
Residual Sugar: 1.3 g/L Alcohol: 15.9%

Service Recommendations
Decanting: Not recommended
Temperature: 58º - 62º F
Food Pairings: Duck Breast with molé sauce (from Alebrijes Mexican Bistro)

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