2018 Primitivo – Baum Vineyard
Baum Vineyard . Mokelumne River AVA
A well-structured, but soft wine with bright aromatics of cranberry and raspberry that carry through to the palate and are complemented with flavors of anise and spice. We hope you open this wine in the afternoon with appetizers as you prepare your dinner!
Certified Lodi Rules for Sustainable Winegrowing
|SOIL COMPOSITION||Fine Sandy Loam. Derivation Granite Rock.|
|VINEYARD PHILOSOPHY||Certified Sustainable|
|HARVEST DATE||September 22, 2018|
|BRIX AT HARVEST||25.5°|
|AGING||Neutral American Oak; 12 Months|
|BOTTLE DATE||September 23, 2020|
|CASES PRODUCED||337 cases|
As you head East out of Lodi on Highway 12 towards the foothills, you will drive by Baum Primitivo just before you enter Victor. The 11.79 acres is hidden from the road and flanked by a cherry orchard to the west, an old vine zinfandel vineyard to the east, and trellised zinfandel on both the north and south sides. The deep, fine sandy loam soil allows the vines to find the limited moisture which helps intensify the flavors.
Weather is a key element of farming – it plays a crucial role in the health of our vines and winegrapes. Daily temperatures and rainfall come together to dictate the growing season, making each vintage distinctive. 2018 was a long and even season with moderate conditions and mild summer weather. This allowed the winegrapes to mature slowly with even ripening, pushing our start of harvest to August 6th, 10 days later than the previous two years. The overall moderate to cool harvest conditions were good for flavor development, but on October 3rd we endured rain showers. Luckily the following two weeks were dry and sunny helping finish the sugar accumulation in our mid to late ripening varietals. We ended harvest in November, one of the latest in recent memory, with particularly good quality and spectacular color in the red varietals and white varietals with sound flavor and acid development.
Mokelumne River AVA – Named for the River that flows from the Sierra Nevada mountain range through the AVA, the Mokelumne River AVA is one of Lodi’s cooler climates. This, coupled with its optimal soil attributes, proves to be an ideal location to grow both white and red varietals.