St Amant Zinfandel Old Vine Lodi

With the enormous rains and snow pack melting its way to the sea, the drought must be a good memory to lose. Presumably there was a drought in the Lodi area in the last few years; let’s assume so.

The thing about stressors is the release once they’re alleviated. Grape vines – so I understand- are the same as humans, in that they celebrate when the bad times end and the good times resume. I wonder if there’s a PhD awaiting that line of inquiry.

I think it’s useful to think of plants as living creatures, to the point of anthropomorphism. We see a bottle of wine and take it at face value; a bottle of liquid. What we fail to see is that it’s a living product, one that can spoil, and while not alive, is alive with instilled character that will change over time.

The point of that is to recognize the complexity of the interface between chemistry and biology, a glass of which is a nice example, one we we can enjoy without knowing what’s going on beneath the surface.

That’s what I mean about vines and humans; the vine has given us this amazing product that morphs with time, exposure to air and even within the consumer, and yet we view it as a kind of one-dimensional buzz-agent. It is so much more.

Anyway, for pure enjoyment, this Lodi Zin is a great choice. Complex nose of fruit mince bathed in brandy lead to a big smooth mouthful of mixed dried fruit, vanilla with a crisp acid finish. Lush, layered, full and yet so simple. It’s a kind of quantum wine.