Cosumnes River Wine

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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...

  • Cabernet Sauvignon

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

  • Merlot

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

  • Zinfandel

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

  • Syrah

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

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  • Mcconnell Estates Winery Merlot Wackman Ranch 2007

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    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

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    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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