OLD VINE ZINFANDEL PLANTED IN 1903
ZINFANDEL’S IDEAL TERRIOR IN LODI, CALIFORNIA
Lodi’s well-drained alluvial soils are important for the moderation of canopy growth and the achievement of a well-balanced vine. Fruit maturation occurs under a classically Mediterranean climate of warm sunny days and cool breezy evenings. This terroir – the bringing together of soil, climate and farming traditions – imparts a unique quality that is specific to our Lodi Appellation.
Zinfandel is a keystone varietal in Lodi’s rich farming history which dates back to the mid-1800s. And today, only a very few of these ancient vineyards still exist in Lodi. The Lewis vineyard is one of the appellation’s oldest.
THE LEWIS VINEYARD
The Lewis vineyard was planted in 1903, a time which saw the first flight by the Wright Brothers at Kitty Hawk and Henry Ford’s founding of Ford Motors. Over more than a century, the vineyard has weathered disease, survived Prohibition and endured the pressures of commercialization where many aging Zinfandel vineyards were redeveloped in favor of higher yielding varieties of the day.
Akin to the plantings of the Old World, these head-trained, spur pruned vines grow in a goblet shape which allows for uniform sun exposure. Fruit maturation occurs slowly in these own-rooted ancient vines creating a finessed balance of sugar and acid among the few bunches each vine is capable of producing.
Harvest typically occurs in late-September, when each individual bunch is evaluated and then gently hand-picked if it meets the high-quality expectations for the Centennial Zinfandel.