Cosentino Winery ( www.cosentinowinery.com ) now has a presence in Lodi. They have been around for awhile and well known in Napa. But they have recently bought Jewel Winery and Vineyards and are now making wine there from both Lodi grapes and other California grapes. We tasted quite a few wines there but, since I am focusing on the Lodi area right now, I am only going to comment on those wines.
2007 Pinot Grigio Kirschemann Vineyards – nice, fruity style with lime, honey and honeydew. Very pleasant and easy to sip. A little pricy for this type of wine at $22.00.
2008 Blockheadia Rose’ – this is a blend of Carignon, Mourvedre, and Cinsault that was all stainless steel fermented. It is a really nice, dry rose’ with great fruit and interesting complexity. There is strawberry, light cherry and even some melon. Only for sale at the winery and high end restaurants like Mustards. $18.00
2006 The Zin – 97% Zinfandel and 3% Petite Sirah – exciting wine…lots of fruit. Raspberries and blackberries abound in the aroma as well as cinnamon and cloves. Full bodied and rich. $26.00
2006 Estate Zinfandel Ancient Vines – a really big wine with lots of spice, black cherry and currants in the aroma and flavor. Smooth and silky even though it is 15.6% alcohol. $40.00.
2006 Sangiovese IL Chiaretto(the Ch is pronounced like a K) – this is a Lodi/Napa blend of Sangiovese and is loaded with black fruits as well as raspberry and a little smokiness.