A Visit To Lodi

GDP reflects on a trip to this unique California region


Heritage Oak


Heritage Oak is a leading player in the move to the sustainable farming practices which are in use throughout the estate vineyard which supply the winery with their Zinfandel, Cabernet Sauvignon, Chardonnay and Sauvignon Blanc. 


While I toured the vineyards extensively during my visit to Heritage Oaks, the opportunity to taste and discuss their wines was somewhat limited. The wines I did get to try all showed good fruit in a simple, fruit-driven style. 


2012 Heritage Oak Grenache Rose


Fruity on the nose with a lime undercurrent to the big strawberry aromas that are framed with a hint of herb. This is medium and full-bodied for a rose and while it shows a hint of alcohol it also delivers lots of bright tart strawberry fruit along with hints of little spice and a nice fresh watermelon tone on the moderately long finish. A fun rose for summer. 85pts


2012 Heritage Oak Sauvignon Blanc


Candied citrus on the nose is joined by aromas of fresh kiwi and melon with little suggestions of bay leaf and vanilla. This smells fruity and yeasty. There’s good acid here lending freshness to the small citrus and green fruit flavors that are clean on the palate and show a touch of sweetness on the back end and through the modest finish. 83pts


2012 Heritage Oak Chardonnay


Pear and sweet apple fruits greet the nose along with peach and almond aromas. This is medium-bodied and a bit raw on the palate with apple fruit wrapped with a hint of creaminess in a clean finish that shows refreshing acids on the back end and a touch of apricot on the finish. A fruit-driven style. 84pts


2010 Heritage Oak Block 14 Zinfandel 14.8%


Nice perfumy nose shows a bit of wood, with a nice briary and slightly peppery spice tone to the jammy blackberry fruit. This is big, broad, and fairly transparent in the mouth with nice depth to the lightly peppery, slightly candied black currant, blackberry fruit. The back end turns a little creamy with some wild cherry notes on the modest finish. This is rather soft with very ripe tannins. 85pts



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  • Snooth User: dogears
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    Are these reviews generated by random wine words? soft and straight forward both (chose one)? 'Slightly damp'? 'hint of old catcher's mitt'? Drivel that is nearly completely without meaning.

    Jun 10, 2013 at 2:40 PM

  • Snooth User: Jonar
    156583 127

    Newsflash, Gregory Del Piaz (Snooth) visits Heritage Oak Winery! Success! Now he needs to try Jessie's Grove as well.

    Jun 10, 2013 at 2:57 PM

  • Snooth User: Jonar
    156583 127

    Oh well, just got to the review, I only would drink 1 of the 4 sampled (Zin).

    Jun 10, 2013 at 3:00 PM

  • Snooth User: JaimeJ
    1294952 21

    Some posibility to taste those wines for a sapnish wine writer?

    Jun 10, 2013 at 5:42 PM

  • Snooth User: Jonar
    156583 127

    Sapnish? JaimeJ: I assume you are a writer from Spain and not Sapnish. Most of the excellent Lodi wines are only available in Lodi. If you do try Heritage Oak, please make sure to sample all of their reds; Tom, the owner is great. I also enjoy Jessie's Grove in Lodi (again the reds). My favorite Heritage Oak is "Vino Tinto", (at our wedding reception) and then the pricier reds as well.
    As Greg mentions, Michael David is a larger, more popular Lodi winery (and in many stores/many states) with multiple brands. The one that I recommend from Michael David is the $36 Inkblot Cab Franc (rare to find a Cab Franc that I like).

    Jun 10, 2013 at 8:15 PM

  • Snooth User: Kiwi Koala
    1116094 49

    Had a great taste with nice people http://www.winewalkabout.net/2012/1...


    Jun 10, 2013 at 10:11 PM

  • Sorelle means sisters in Italian. Wonder where the vintner gets the name?

    Jun 11, 2013 at 6:29 AM

  • Snooth User: Jon Bjork
    535696 12

    The name Sorelle comes from owner Mike Scott's two daughters, who work at the winery and tasting room.

    Jun 11, 2013 at 11:21 AM

  • Because they are sisters. Thank you.

    Jun 11, 2013 at 1:42 PM

  • Great article, I've been curious about Lodi for awhile and have heard some of these names. I can't wait to try them for myself. Fortunately I'm conveniently located central to Lodi, Napa, Lake County and Amador!

    Jan 07, 2014 at 2:57 AM

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