Deep red fruit aromas lead into notes of toasty vanilla with firm tannins and bold structure.
Great wine begins with a suitable climate and soil, both of which are found in Lodi. Sandy Loam soil coupled with the hot, cold exchange that graces Lodi from day to night creates a utopian environment to cultivate warm-weather varietals including Zinfandel, Cabernet, and Syrah.
A certain level of skill, attention to detail, and harvest accuracy is required from the vintner as well. What once began as a grape-growing community from the early 1900s until the late 1980s, Lodi is now a thriving wine-producing region adorned with dozens of wineries, including Klinker Brick.
Winery: Klinker Brick Winery – https://www.klinkerbrickwinery.com/product/2016-Brickmason-Blend
Wine Style: Californian Red Blend
Grapes: Cabernet Sauvignon, Zinfandel, Petite Sirah, Shiraz/Syrah
Country / Region / Sub-Region: USA / CA / Lodi – Mokelumne River
Rating (Vivino): 4.1/5
Bottle Size: 750mL
Produced by Klinker Brick Winery, this red blend will be enjoyable to just about everyone. Since it is from the Lodi area, you can expect it to be very fruit forward – bold, but smooth.
Steve and Lori Felten, fifth generation grape growers in the Lodi region, continue the tradition of cultivating “Old Vine” Zinfandel vineyards that their ancestors planted in the early 1900s.
With roots in Germany, Russia, and later the Dakotas, the family settled in Lodi, first producing watermelons. Recognizing that the soil and climate were ideal for growing grapes, they began to plant varieties that included Zinfandel, Tokay, Carignane, and Alicante. For over one hundred years, the family has cultivated the land with the aim of producing top quality fruit. Zinfandel was one of the first grape varieties to be planted in the Lodi appellation, although it had also been established in other parts of California.
Grapes were originally packed in boxes for shipment to the East Coast and Canada for the purpose of home winemaking. In the early days of production, nearly all of the Zinfandel grapes were shipped with the exception of grapes that were used for making wine at home.
By the mid-1930s, grapes were sold primarily to cooperatives and larger, private wineries with a small portion of the production shipped east.
Historically, the vineyards were irrigated by flood or ditch irrigation, and the inability to regulate the amount of water applied resulted in larger yields of marginal quality. In the late 1980s, drip irrigation was introduced, providing the ability to control the amount of water applied to each vine. This resulted in the ability to control the vigor of the vine, healthier fruit, and ultimately, lower yields. With the introduction of more sophisticated vineyard practices, including shoot thinning, leaf pulling, color thinning, and the removal of a second crop, the ability to produce the grapes of exceptional quality was realized.
Part of the extended Felten Family includes their winemaker, Barry Gnekow, who is responsible for crafting the wines from the inaugural vintage. Barry, a Davis graduate with over 25 years of experience of winemaking, has a unique ability to bring the best of the vineyard into the cellar, year after year, producing wines of distinction for Klinker Brick.
Another extended family member is Lynne Whyte Barnard, the President of Klinker Brick Winery. Lynne has brought a wealth of entrepreneurial experience to the winery, having owned her own wholesale company and directing sales and marketing for prestigious wine producers in California. She was instrumental in the development of the Old Ghost wine, label design and has been responsible for selling all of the vintages produced to date, developing national and international distribution.
This blend is comprised of 80% Zinfandel, 10% Syrah, 5% Cabernet Sauvignon and 5% Petite Sirah. Deep red fruit aromas lead into notes of toasty vanilla with firm tannins and bold structure.
Klinker Brick Winery, BrickMason Lodi is best paired with:
Beef, Lamb, Veal, Poultry
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