Agnes Vineyard, Lodi
The Z-52 Agnes' Vineyard Old Vine Zinfandel ($16), grown on the outskirts of Lodi, is adjacent to some of the oldest Zinfandel plantings in California. (Many, in fact, were planted by European immigrants such as the vineyard's 94-year-old namesake Agnes Schroeder.) Dry-farmed and head-pruned, the Agnes' Vineyard yields a lush Zinfandel that's aged in French and American oak. The sandy clay loam soils, warm days and cool evening breezes of Lodi result in an approachable wine concentrated with flavors of blackberry and raspberry and tempered with hints of anise and black pepper.
Clockspring Vineyard, Shenandoah Valley, Amador County
The organically farmed Clockspring Vineyard in Amador County's Shenandoah Valley, named for a retired cattle brand once used on the property, is the source for the Z-52 Clockspring Vineyard Old Vine Zinfandel ($20). Known for its relatively high, fog-free elevation and soils of decomposed granite, this Sierra Foothills vineyard produces deeply colored Zinfandels, rich with flavors of black cherry, earth, and spice.
Truchard Vineyard, Napa Valley
Napa Valley's Truchard Vineyard is the source for the Z-52 Truchard Vineyard Old Vine Zinfandel. The terroir of the vineyard, a combination of hills and valleys, volcanic soils and marin-influenced temperatures, provide unique growing conditions that yield a bold zinfandel with great structure and finesse, with jammy flavors of black cherry and cranberry with a hint of black pepper.