Lodi California is a name that anyone who drinks Zinfandel will immediately recognize. There are oodles of Zins emanating from that region on store shelves all over the country. There can be so many that it’s hard to pick one without a guide sometimes. When Zinfandel from Lodi is done right it can be an excellent expression of the varietal and thus they’re well worth exploring. Today I’ll look at the current release of Brazin. The Brazin 2008 Lodi Zinfandel was produced from fruit sourced at several Lodi Vineyards. All of the vineyards sourced feature head-trained vines. They’re also older vineyards ranging from 40 to 60 years of age. This offering is 100% Zinfandel. Barrel aging took place over 7 months in a combination of French and American oak. 5,800 cases of this wine were produced and it has a suggested retail price of $17.
Black Raspberry aromas lead the nose of this Zinfandel. Hints of violet and nutmeg are present as well. There are a potpourri of berry pie flavors that fill the palate of this wine with intense, full bodied, yet even-keeled flavors. Black cherry, plum and raspberry are the most prominent components. Sweet dark cocoa and loads of spicy white and black pepper notes are present on the finish along with emerging cranberry characteristics. This wine is balanced by solid acidity.
The bottom line for me is that the 2008 Brazin is a fine example of Lodi Zinfandel. It’s bright, bold and a bit boisterous. Ultimately though it’s balanced and a great partner for full flavored foods. The Retail price is $17, but if you shop around you’ll probably find it for several dollars less than that.