Gnarly Head Cellars

A passion for Zinfandel and a desire to make great Zin, led our winemaking team to Lodi, California's zinfamous appellation. But it was a sense of fun - wine should be fun, accessible, easy to understand and enjoy - that led us to create Gnarly Head Old Vine Zin. The sight of the free standing "head trained" vines found in older vineyards in California was the inspiration for Gnarly Head Old Vine Zin. These 35 to 80 year old vines have twisted old trunks and branches that spread out in all directions sprouting leaves like unruly umbrellas - truly gnarly heads. The grapes these old vines produce are small and few, but offer big flavor! But Zinfandel is not the only California grape that can be Gnarly. Our winemaking team selects grapes from some of the best vineyards in Northern California for our Gnarly Head Chardonnay, Merlot and Cab (Cabernet Sauvignon). Gnarly Head wines are easy to drink and pair with food, and made to bring people together, to enjoy with laughter, to celebrate past Read more »

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  • Pinot Noir

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

  • 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...

  • Chardonnay

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

  • Merlot

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

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Gnarly Head Cellars on Snooth

  • Gnarly Head Old Vine Zinfandel 2012

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    Sweet on the nose with strong notes of vanilla, ginger, toasted coconut and cherry cola. Smooth and supple in the mouth, though the acids do stick out a bit here on the palate. There are some attractive briary and balsamic flavors on the palate, along with light raspberry fruit, then this picks up a bit wood spice on the backend before wrapping... Read More

    Wine review by Gregory Dal Piaz


  • After graduating from medical school and before beginning indentured service as a resident physician, my wife and I decided we should make a trip out to California wine country and Yosemite. So, a week after moving to my new residency location, we pawned off the two year old on the grandparents and headed for the hills of California.We arrived i... Read More

    Forum post in the topic Trip report from Lodi and RRV


  • Gnarly Head Merlot California 2012

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    Not as fruit forward as I thought it might be. Still fruit forward with smooth tannins. not a great wine but easy to drink. Read More

    Wine review by RandyFisher


  • Gnarly Head Authentic Red 2012

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    Fruit bomb, tastes like prune juice, similar to Apothic Red, not my style. Blah. Read More

    Wine review by joebernardinoATyahoo


  • Gnarly Head Zinfandel Lodi Old Vine 2004

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    No written review

    Wine review by jrieger73


  • Gnarly Head Cabernet Sauvignon 2011

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    Fruit driven and smooth. Light tannins. Very drinkable. Read More

    Wine review by RandyFisher


  • Gnarly Head Zinfandel Old Vines Lodi United States California Central Valley Lodi Red 2008

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    No written review

    Wine review by sestri01


  • Gnarly Head Authentic Red 2012

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    No written review

    Wine review by MrRiesling


  • I was fortunate to be able to attends last weeks ZAP Experience. As you might know this year’s event differed from those in years past as the event was broken down into additional components.  The trade and media portion of the Experience is now a discreet tasting, and the grand tasting has been broken out into sections, that took place on the g... Read More

    From the article ZAP: Forum of Flavors


  • Gnarly Head Authentic Red 2011

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    No written review

    Wine review by snglmltrblnd84


  • Great value. I am always asked what the wine is when we serve it. It is easy to drink and pleasant to the nose. I am always surprised how much I enjoy the Gnarly Head Zinfadel Old Vine wine largely due to its price.

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