Making a truly wonderful wine begins with only the best estate grown fruit from the heart of the Lodi Appellation. We make sure our vines struggle just a bit, through techniques like deficit irrigation, to help concentrate the fruit flavors. Crop thinning, leaf pulling, and vineyard management also insure full and proper ripening. We hand harvest into small bins to keep the fruit intact for its trip to the winery.
Once we received the fruit at the winery, we keep each varietal separate through the entire fermentation and aging process, so each grape can fully express its true character. We then make several blends and sample each one until we have found one that is greater than the sum of its parts.
One is immediately struck by the vibrant color of this wine. The aromas of black cherry, raspberry, candied fruit and dried cranberries are complemented by spicy, toasty oak notes. Upon washing this liquid across the palate, a wave of sweet dried cherries, cranberry, and raspberries, with a hint of light toast, leads to a long, totally seductive, finish. This wine has a “too die for” rich velvety mouth-feel. The blend gives a great expression of each of the grape varieties, marrying all those individual characteristics to produce a wine that will gently knock your socks off. “The Other” is a perfect accompaniment to a variety of cuisines.