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2016 Zin Bob's Way

Al Scheid and Lodi grape grower Bob Hartzell go way back. Waaaaayy back. Hanging out with the two of them is always entertaining, the zingers flying back and forth and hearing the never-ending supply of Lodi jokes from Al’s arsenal. While it’s true that Al wishes to never be stuck in Lodi again, even he has to admit that Lodi is Zinfandel heaven. So after humbly apologizing for his umpteenth Lodi joke and promising to play nice, Al finally got Bob to break loose with a few tons of his precious fruit. With ripe, juicy flavors of black cherry and raspberry unfolding into a lingering sweet oak finish, we’re proud to present our 2016 Old Vine Zinfandel or, as we affectionately call it, Zin Bob’s Way.

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Zinfandel is a variety that is uniquely Californian and Lodi is the self-proclaimed Zinfandel Capital of the world, producing over 40% of California’s premium Zinfandel. The vines for our Old Vine Zin were planted by long-time grower Bob Hartzell in 1974 and are on their own roots. They are traditional, natural-rooted, head-trained vines, with thick, gnarled and twisted trunks. This old school style—instead of the more modern trellis systems used in today’s grape growing—results in lower yields, smaller berries, and intense, concentrated flavors.
The grapes were hand-picked into 1 ½ ton bins. Upon arrival at the winery, they were destemmed and crushed into small fermentation bins. During the height of fermentation, the firm cap of skins and seeds that bubbles up and forms on the surface during red fermentation was punched down twice per day. The juice was held on the skins for about two weeks before being gently pressed to stainless steel tanks. After settling the heavy solids, the juice was racked clean to barrels for secondary fermentation and aging. The wine was then aged in 100% American oak barrels.
Varietal Composition
100% Zinfandel
Hartzell Vineyard
Harvest Date
August 31, 2016
Harvest Brix
Alcohol %
100% American oak
Cases Produced