Lazy Lab Zinfandel Lodi, California

Lazy Lab Zinfandel Lodi, California

Most winegrowing regions in the world are known for the varietals that grow best in that area and make the best wines.  So, Napa Valley is closely associated with Cabernet Sauvignon.  Tuscany is famous for the Sangiovese grape, which is the main component of Chianti. 

For Zinfandel, it’s the Lodi appellation of California.  The area is located northeast of San Francisco, and since the days of the earliest Italian and German settlers, it has been one of California’s best kept secrets.

We source our Lazy Lab Zinfandel from that area, and the story of this particular varietal is fascinating.  Turns out that even though Zin is cultivated almost exclusively in America, it comes to us from Croatia through Italy, where it’s called Primitivo.  But the Americans really took it over the top.

Our private selection is very true to type.  The fruit flavors of the Zinfandel grape are always rich and concentrated.  In fact, the concentration of fruit in many Zins supports a higher alcohol level than other red wines.  Our sample is at 15.3%.  Expect balanced flavors of baked raspberry and blackberry, very concentrated and round on the palate. 

One more thing, this wine, being very fruit forward, should be enjoyed within a year or two of the vintage, before the fruit starts to fade.  And it pairs best with the sweet, smoky, tangy flavors of barbecue, which is why so many of us enjoy it over July 4th and similar cookout occasions.

If you have any suggestions for our blogs or videos, or if you have questions about our wines or wine in general, please email me at winewhisperer@directcellars.com.  I’m always happy to help!

5 Replies to “Lazy Lab Zinfandel Lodi, California”

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  3. Are all Zinfandel’s a red wine or are there rose’s or white wines also. For some reason I had always associated them with rose’s or whites. Thank you.

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