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2021 Starr Vineyard Old Vine Zinfandel

2021 Old Vine Zinfandel – Starr Vineyard

Notes of boysenberry and dried cranberry with a hint of ground allspice.
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Starr Vineyard . Mokelumne River AVA

Coming from the Starr Vineyard in the Mokelumne River AVA, our 2021 Old Vine Zinfandel showcases a concentrated bouquet of boysenberry, dried cranberries, and a distinct smokiness akin to campfire embers. The first sip delivers a pop of raspberry jam that is accompanied by warm notes of ground allspice. Lush, round tannins hug the palate gently and lead to a spicy finish that lingers and slowly tapers off.

Technical Details

SOIL COMPOSITION Tokay Fine Sandy Loam.
VINEYARD PHILOSOPHY Certified Sustainable
CLONE Heritage
ACRES 17.0
LOCATION 38°05’56.6″N 121°14’46.8″W
HARVEST DATE September 6
AGING American Oak; 7 Months
BOTTLE DATE May 24, 2023
TA 6.0 g/L
PH 3.77
RS 0.9 g/L


Region: California

Appellation: Lodi

Vintage: 2021

Alcohol: 15.0%

Production Notes

The 2021 vintage brought us the earliest start of harvest we’ve experienced, with our crews starting on July 26th. After our white and early red varietals were brought in to the winery, many of our red varietals were predicted to reach maturity at the same time. The compaction of the second half of the harvest season became both a challenge and priority for us. As Fall approached, the smaller fruit set, paired with consistently higher temperatures caused many red varietals to mature rapidly. Varietals such as Cabernet Sauvignon, Malbec, and Petite Sirah came off three weeks sooner than average, with slightly higher brix than targeted, although with good acidity. With all said and done, the vintage came in smaller than expected, though with outstanding quality that we are thrilled to present.


Other Notes

Mokelumne River AVA – This native areas boast quail, river otter, deer, kingfisher, and beaver (just to name a few) that we often see when we are checking the six vineyard blocks, that are comprised of five unique varietals. Each varietal takes advantage of the waterways and microclimate, producing distinct wines that are truly reflective of this special place.