Vacation trip to Lodi and Sonoma – Aug 2019 – Day 2 cont’d

[vc_row][vc_column width=”1/3″ css=”.vc_custom_1567022208503{margin-top: 300px !important;}”][vc_column_text][/vc_column_text][vc_empty_space height=”900px”][vc_column_text][/vc_column_text][/vc_column][vc_column width=”2/3″][vc_column_text]Day 2 continues after Harney Lane winery.  We traveled just a short distance up the road to Klinker Brick Winery.  This is one of the more widely known wineries that I wanted to visit to see what all the interest is about.  We rolled up to a rather rustic looking building that was also buzzing with activity . . . maybe this is just an average Sunday afternoon.  Our server was very a enthusiastic woman about my age.  She encouraged us up to the tasting bar . . .however my wife was distracted by the plethora of custom-made jewelry on the wall display as we entered.  She found it hard to believe that such beautiful earrings were so inexpensive, so naturally. . .we are taking a few home.


Klinker Brick Winery

2018 Albarino – Light aromas of stone-fruit and melon . . .light body and very light on the palate.  A bit of a disappointment after the previous stop.

2018 Bricks and Roses – Grenache, Syrah, Mourvedre blend – Bright red fruit aromas . . . mild acidity and good fruit flavors carry through to the palate.

2016 Brickmason – 80% Zin – 10% Syrah – 5% ea Cab and Petite Sirah – Gorgeous nose of dark fruit . . . fruit flavors follow the nose excellently . . Med body . . .a bit high abv at 14.8% . .Very enjoyable . .Coming home

2015 Old Vine Zinfandel – Nose of dark cherry, plum, blackberry and toast. . . med to heavy body . . .a bit HOT . . very pleasant but high abv at 15.4%

2015 Farrah Syrah – No nose to speak of . . .soft and smooth mid . . a bit of baking spice . . but nothing really pronounced.

2016 Marisa Vineyard Old vine Zinfandel – Everything about this wine says ELEGANT!! . . .great fruit thru the mid palate with quality structure and integration.  Taking one home

2016 Petite Sirah – Nice dark fruit . . .silky mid . . .moderate fruit flavors thru the mid . . .high abv

2015 Carignan – A bit vegetal on the nose . . a bit more acidic in the middle . . .lighter structure . . .finishes acidic also . .

I guess it’s to be expected that wines from a very hot area that are fermented dry will tend toward a higher abv on average.  My hope is to find wines that are integrated so well as to mitigate this given so as to not allow it to be in the forefront.  I keep dreaming!!


Our last stop for Day 2 will be at Jeremy Wine Co in downtown Lodi.  This was the second winery recommended by Steve Saxton . . . and THIS is the one that requires me to owe him . . . A GREAT discovery for us.

This small production winemaker has discovered the magic touch for Lodi grown grapes.  Even though the abv on these wines is high. . .you don’t really sense it.  They are so well balanced and integrated that the fruit and the structure carry the day.  So today . . my dreams have been answered.

Jeremy Wine Co

2017 Chardonnay – A hint of toast on the nose . . . crisp and clean on the palate. . . very nice . . not acidic at all and very well balanced.

NV Jeremiah’s Jug – This guy is the main reason I wish I lived closer to Lodi . . .only available in the tasting room as it is only available in a growler. . not bottled. The blend changes fairly regularly.  The one we tasted and took with us was Grenache, Tempranillo and Zinfandel.  The aromas are very mild . . .I don’t think the wine has been totally together very long, the esters are still trapped.  Flavor is really nice, plenty of dark fruit and extremely well balanced.

2018 Albarino – Gorgeous stone-fruit on the nose . . .great viscosity and body . . .those stone-fruit flavors carry through the mid palate.  and excellent wine all around.  Taking home 2 of these.

2017 Sangiovese – Bright red fruit, strawberry and cranberry . . .lovely structure . . .blend of red and dark fruit on the palate alongside vanilla and spice . . Beautifully balanced . . .I now regret not bringing home at least one of these.

2017 Old Vine Zinfandel -Bright dark fruit with baking spice . . .nice balance . . 15.4% abv . . .but it was barely noticeable.

2018 Dry Rose – Grenache – Citrus and nectarine aromas . . .Bright, crisp and mouth watering. . .

2016 Petite Sirah – Quite intense.  Heavy body and robust flavors . . Round flavors and chewy tannins.

2016 Black Label Zinfandel – Aromas of plum and cherry . . .dark cherry distinct on the palate . . .silky mid . . .very nice.

NV Chocolate Port – Traditional 5 Spanish varietal port-style wine melded with premium cocoa . . . chocolate flavors are prevalent but not overwhelming . . .It really is very well integrated with the grapes.. . Decadent like a dark chocolate truffle.

2018 Orange Muscat – Bright acidity on the nose . . .Beautifully complex aromas of Orange blossom and citrus rind on the nose and flavors of an orange creamsicle . . .really enticing . . taking one of these home too.


Jeremy Wine Co is definitely a MUST STOP if you happen to be wine tasting in Lodi.  The majority of their wines are right at $20-24 and all were expertly crafted and delicious.  You will not regret it . . .and like me, you may regret not getting more.[/vc_column_text][/vc_column][vc_column][/vc_column][/vc_row][vc_row][vc_column][dt_fancy_title title=”Photo Gallery” title_align=”left” title_size=”h3″ title_color=”accent”][vc_media_grid element_width=”2″ grid_id=”vc_gid:1567023542155-24571af8-c6d2-5″ include=”3119,15679,15680,15687,15690″ css=”.vc_custom_1567027817329{margin-top: 30px !important;}”][/vc_column][/vc_row]


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