Fields Family Wines Lodi Old Vine Zinfandel 2012
Watermelon seeds greet the nose which is rather tight and earthy with aromas of hot, dry soil and cactus pads adding detail to the dark mulberry and raspberry aromas. Nicely bright on entry with an early edge of sweetness and a voluptuous feel. This features lots of clear black plum and candied black raspberry fruit on the palate and shows a moderately long, clean finish. 87ptsAdd winemaker's notes
Editorial Reviews for Fields Family Wines Lodi Old Vine Zinfandel
Watermelon seeds greet the nose which is rather tight and earthy with aromas of hot, dry soil and cactus pads adding detail to the dark mulberry and raspberry aromas. Nicely bright on entry with an early edge of sweetness and a voluptuous feel. This features lots of clear black plum and candied black raspberry fruit on the palate and shows a moderately long, clean finish. 87pts
Raw beef, sage, bay and bay leaf all come together on the tight nose that shows an overlay of used wood. Opening with a burst of boysenberry this turns smooth polished and integrated in the mouth with a hint of milk chocolate accenting the clear if light fruit which is joined by a late arriving hint of green herb. Super fresh yet thoroughly ripe fruit on the modest finish completes the package. This is pretty suave and elegant Zinfandel and while it is textural beautiful, it is also just a bit on the simple side in the mouth, the aromatics are lovely so perhaps the palate will follow. 88pts
Fairly intense aromas of loamy earth, plums, ink and violets greet the nose. This really does have an almost floral extract on the nose. Rich and moderately chewy in the mouth, there are some attractively ripe tannins here supporting flavors that are a bit plummy with hints of of chocolate and lots of Provençal herb accents making this almost Chateauneufy in the mouth. Lots of red berry fruit shows up on the modest finish. Really quite engaging. 88pts
Fairly complex if still on the subtle side with light aromas of mineral, a little gingerbread, some dried fruit, and some tobacco and wild herb notes. In the mouth this is smooth, powerful, and transparent, with lovely structural integration and balance. With a palate rich with lovely cut plum, cocoa, and wild berry fruits all supported by juicy acids and ripe tannins that drive the moderately long finish. Very complete, and very Zinfandel. 90pts
Big berry fruit over an assertive base of briar wood that’s a little spicy and a little gamy. This shows a touch of sweetness on entry followed by a smooth, polished mouthfeel delivering raspberry fruit with nice hints of briar and a little milk chocolatey-ness on the palate. Finishing with modest length, this does show good transparency, fine length. 87pts
Four and a half glasses
This Zin has a light spicy boysenberry bouquet. On the palate, this medium bodied wine is very well balanced and silky with delicious spicy black cherry flavors with minor hints of chocolate that float about. The finish is dry and its persistent tannins sail on. I introduced this wine to a peppercorn crusted Filet and we all fell in love at the table.
Love this wine
Love this wine! Absolutely fantastic!
Winemakers Challenge Gold Medal Winner
This wine offers bright and concentrated blackberry and black cherry aromas, with smoky, spicy notes and an almost Pinot-like texture. There is a bit of Petite Sirah for added color, spice and finesse. There is great depth and complexity due to aging in French, American and Hungarian oak barrels.
Forget Dry Creek, Sonoma and overpriced Zins - this has it all....well balanced, not some sticky sweet fruit bomb. This wine is as nice as I've seen in some time.