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The Cosumnes River appellation, located in northwestern Lodi, has 54,700 acres total, of which 3,500 are under vine. With elevations dipping to sea-level and rising to 48 feet, the Cosumnes River appellation has a ‘relatively cool and windy growing season’ and ‘young, alluvial soils and low-elevation terrain.’ These factors contribute to persistent maritime and inland fog, creating a cooler climate than other Lodi appellations. Not surprisingly white varieties such as Chardonnay, Sauvignon Blanc and Viognier are dominant here.

~ David Chandler, Lodi Regional Correspondent – Description from Appellation America (view original content)

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  • Tempranillo

    History of the grape: Origins of Tempranillo are murky. It could be indigenous to the Spanish countryside, or it coul...

  • Zinfandel

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

  • Cabernet Sauvignon

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

  • Syrah

    The irony here is that Syrah’s origins could give Carmen Sandiego a run for her international wallet. Syrah’s deepest...

  • Merlot

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

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  • Mcconnell Estates Winery Merlot Wackman Ranch 2007


    Hints of ginseng and carob accent the candied cherry and blackcurrant aromas that gain a dusting of cocoa and cedar with air. This is broad and low in the mouth on entry, with plenty of toasty, spicy accents to the slow-to-emerge dark fruit. Hints of green anise seed, mint and toasted coriander rise on the mid-palate, along with hints of pomegra... Read More

    Wine review by Gregory Dal Piaz

  • Mcconnell Estates Winery Merlot Wackman Ranch 2008


    Sweet blueberry fruit greets the nose along with underlying oak notes, smoke and hints of caraway and barbecue sauce. This is really lovely in the mouth. Bright and a little punchy with good acidity and moderate, soft tannins supporting the rather bold fruit. There's a lot of blueberry here, along with some plum and cherry fruit, all wrapped aro... Read More

    Wine review by Gregory Dal Piaz


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