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The magic begins in Lodi Valley, a stunning wine region in California’s Central Valley. With its cool wet winters, and very hot dry summers, the Lodi Valley is known as The Zinfandel Capital of the World. The contrast in seasons creates a unique environment for the local vineyards. They take full advantage of it, and the grapes from this area make beautifully balanced, luscious red wines.
Nestled around the Mokelumne and Consumnes rivers, the soils here draw on the minerals brought down from the Sierra Nevada mountains to the east. These rivers bring the complex granitic soils that form the foundation of the region’s winemaking prowess. It’s impossible to separate the grape from the soil, with the same varietal having radically different qualities depending on where it’s grown. Most of the traditional Lodi vineyards flourish in the sandy soil that runs along the Mokelumne river.
Many of these vineyards have been in business for four or five generations, with vines that have had decades to acclimatize to the soil. While some may consider the dry growing season a challenge, for Lodi growers it has been an advantage. The lack of rainfall reduces the frequency of pests and diseases, while irrigation allows the growers to perfectly tailor the amount of water each vine receives. This approach also helps minimize the impact of the vines on the soil, enabling more sustainable growing practices.
The grapes are grown over the summer before being picked in early October; then they are loaded and shipped directly to our shop. Once here, they are crushed, de-stemmed, and fermented into the most exquisite wine you will ever experience. We use a secondary fermentation process that allows the wines to build their character and find their balance and smooth out.
These wines are rich, soulful and fulfilling. They will be ready to be put into bottles the following spring, then taken to your home, and laid to age for anywhere from one to five years.
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Flying Fish Old Vine Zinfandel
This dark ruby Lodi Valley classic opens with a bouquet of black currant, blackberries and black pepper with a hint of warming spices. It is beautifully balanced with notes of French oak and medium-firm tannins. It continues to develop over a medium-long finish with jammy flavours of dark fruits, figs and spice cake. You’ll thank yourself for putting aside a batch.
This is the wine we are known for!
Flying Fish Trinity
The inviting ruby colour of this wine invites the nose to enjoy the subdued spiciness of anise and sage offered by the Merlot, the floral notes of violets from the Cabernet Sauvignon, and the vegetative notes provided by the Tempranillo. The balance is dry with a good tannin structure and it finishes with long, clean, fruit-forward flavours.
These three grape varietals work together in a perfect dance where the aromas carry through to the palate. This wine is well integrated and will continue to develop and improve for five years.
To get the most out of this wine, pair with rich foods.
Flying Fish Meritage
This is a food lover’s wine; big, bold and full-bodied giving off complex aromas of black currant, bing cherry, chocolate and coconut, followed by cinnamon and fruitcake spices. It is dry and well balanced with mature and firm tannins. Flavours of bright-red cherries and plums lead to a long harmonious finish, that leaves you wanting more. It’s velvety in the mouth yet delivers robust multi-layered flavours on the palate.
This is not a wine for amateurs. This is a seductress on the prowl. Best aged, if you can wait!
Pairs perfectly with grilled foods. Fire up the BBQ and enjoy!