San Joaquin County Wine

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The Central Valley wine region of California is located east of the San Francisco Bay area, running south through the Sacramento and San Joaquin valleys to Bakersfield. It is within these valleys, and the Sacramento-San Joaquin River Delta where they meet in between, where viticulture takes place. 
The hot, dry conditions of the region are prone to high yields, which is how this region became the center of California’s bulk wine production. But within some of the Valley’s subregions, a growing number of high quality wines are also in production. 
Central Vallley is divided into the following subregions:
Diablo County
Fresno County
River Junction
Tracy Hills
Yolo County
– Description from Amanda Schuster

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  • Merlot

    The Occitanian word “merlot” translates to “young blackbird.” An accurate description for this popular, early-budding...

  • Barbera

    History of the grape: Barbera is a native to the Piedmont, where it has been growing for centuries, and is now the fo...

  • Cabernet Sauvignon

    “King of the Red Wine Grapes.” The colonizer of the vineyards, pushing native wine grapes into its shadows. The Caber...

  • Chardonnay

    British wine writer and critic, Jancis Robinson, once noted that throughout the 80’s and 90’s in the United States, C...

  • Zinfandel

    Parentage of the grape: Crljenak to Austria to America. In the 1970s, claims surfaced that the Italian Primitivo is l...

  • Pinot Noir

    “With so voluptuous a perfume, so sweet an edge, they make the blood run hot,” Joel Fleischman, wine columnist at Van...

Subregions of San Joaquin County

  • Lodi

    The Lodi wine region lies in the northern portion of California’s Central Valley, which include...

Popular Wineries in San Joaquin County View all

  • Lobo Loco Wines

    At Lobo Loco Wines we are committed to sustainable farming practices. Our grapes are grown and ou...

  • Abundance Vineyards

    Abundance Vineyards is a family owned and operated boutique winery. It has evolved from hard work...

  • Housley's Century Oak Winery

    Like most successful wine families, the Housley's began in the industry working the soil. Our Cha...

  • Onus

    Peterson Family History . . . 1897 Carl A. Peterson, a strong, young, and gregarious man l...

  • Jessie's Grove Winery

    Jessie's Grove Winery is nestled between the Sacramento-San Joaquin Delta and the foothills of th...

  • Klinker Brick Winery

    Steve and Lori Felten, fifth generation grape growers in the Lodi region, continue the traditi...

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  • Harney Lane Zinfandel Lodi Old Vine Lizzy James Vineyard 2011


    Deep, oak framed slightly musky aromas of blackberry, black raspberry and boysenberry greets the nose with hints of hickory nuts and pipe briar along with a nuance of peppercorn adding detail. Bright acids on entry, rather transparent in the mouth with lots of cranberry accented cherry fruit, that turns more toward the blackberry spectrum with v... Read More

    Wine review by Gregory Dal Piaz

  • Turley Kirschenmann Vineyard Zinfandel 2012


    Fruity on the nose with lovely black berry aromas framed with nuanced cinnamon, allspice, sage, and earth aromas. Open, broad, and expansive in the mouth this shows a gorgeous texture with both power and delicacy in the mouth. The flavors show a bit of herbal edge to the blackberry fruit, as this turns firm and long on the finish. A fairly spicy... Read More

    Wine review by Gregory Dal Piaz

  • Macchia Lodi Native Zinfandel Noma Vineyard 2012


    Dry farmed on the east side Inky, powerful, and dark on a nose filled with black fruit, spicy, black pepper, and a whisper of herb. As bright and juicy as this may be it is undoubtedly the most powerful wine of the lineup. Filled with spicy dark, dried berry fruit, this offers an avalanche of spice on the long finish which is packed with candied... Read More

    Wine review by Gregory Dal Piaz

  • Fields Family Lodi Native Zinfandel Century Block Vineyard 2012


    1905 own rooted, a few Tokay and Grenache vines 23 24 brix all desteemed Tight, vinous, and a little animal on the nose with white peppery spice on the nose that sits low on the complex and nuanced nose which shows hints of leather and dark berry fruit. This is notably fresh on entry, hinting of blueberries up front followed by gorgeous, big, sp... Read More

    Wine review by Gregory Dal Piaz

  • St. Amant Lodi Native Zinfandel Marian's Vineyard 2012


    High toned on the nose with a pine resin top note, along with talc and fresh bay leaf notes accenting the core of red fruit. Broad on the palate, and slightly edgy with slightly angular tannins and lovely acid that gives this lift to the raspberry, mineral, earth and dried green herb flavors. The palate, tense with good energy, has a very fine t... Read More

    Wine review by Gregory Dal Piaz

  • Mccay Lodi Native Zinfandel Trulux Vineyard 2012


    Mineral on the nose with smoky undertones to the lightly floral, green edged fruit that is framed with lovely earthy, cheese rind accents. Spicy and bright and slightly medicinal in the mouth, with a little green herb antiseptic accent on the rather high toned palate. This is rich with clear fruit on the palate, red cherry fruit that shows gorg... Read More

    Wine review by Gregory Dal Piaz

  • M2 Lodi Native Zinfandel Soucie Vineyard 2012


    1916 self rooted, head trained, underground drip 750 lbs Picked at 22 brix for acid 1500 lbs later at higher sugar levels Musky and wild on the nose and deeply aromatic with sweet caramel undertones. In the mouth this is bright and juicy with red fruit on entry, fine tannins, and good clarity on the palate which is very fresh and a little red cu... Read More

    Wine review by Gregory Dal Piaz

  • Landmark Series the Pier Zinfandel 2012


    Sediment? Seriously? Heavy pepper/spice that covered the fruit. As a zin, a bit of a disappointment. I would expect the fruit to be enhanced with spice. Read More

    Wine review by connie7899

  • Jc Van Staden Malbec Lodi 2012


    Loved his 2012 Zin Read More

    Wine review by Berkeley mike

  • Klinker Brick Farráh Syrah 2011


    Warm fruity, finishing with oak and tobacco. Really interesting wine Read More

    Wine review by AliciaB9

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