2016 Lodi Native Zinfandel, Soucie Vineyard



Lodi Native is a colaborative project between six likeminded wingrowers. All six live and work in the Lodi American Viticultural Area. Particularly Lodi's historic Mokelumne River sub - AVA. Their mission: to turn the spotlight on the region's heritage plantings, many of which date back to the late 1800s. Through sensible viticulture and minimalist winemaking practices. The process starts with native yeast fermentation ansd use of no new oak. The focus is on Zinfandel, but more importantly, the taste of the vineyards rather than varietal character or brand. 

This wine is medium ruby in color in the glass. The aroma of rich red berries, juicy cherries, strawberries, some cola, and coffee, along with dried roses burst through. They are accompanied by notes of boysenberries, cedar spice, and black tea flavors. Combined with smooth tannins and juicy acidity. The finish is medium in length and juicy. Chewy, warm, and rich, this wine begs for cooler weather. It remains a very delicious wine that opens up a lot with a floral and spicy complexity. 


  • Soucie Vineyard, Lodi AVA, Mokelumne River Sub - AVA
  • Planted 1916; self- rooted, head- trained, unknown clone
  • Soil Type: DeVries Sandy Loam
  • Irrigation: As needed via underground drip system    


  • August 14th and September 10th 2015


  • Open bins, destem only, no cold soak, no added yeast, acids, or nutrients


  • Nineteen months in used neutral American oak barrels
  • Natural malolactic fermentation in barrel
  • Racked twice
  • 15.2% ABV, pH 3.81, 5.8 g/L TA, .41 g/L RS


2016 Lodi Native Zinfandel, Soucie Vineyard

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