F. Stephen Millier Black Label Lodi Old Vine Zinfandel 2017

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by Stephen Millier

93%
of 1,946
would buy again
93%
of 1,946
About this rating

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Vintage

% Would Buy It Again

2017

93% of 1,946

2016

94% of 4,583

2015

94% of 4,810

2014

94% of 2,821

80 year old vines in the hands of a true Zinfandel master

    • Stephen blended hand-harvested Old Vine Zinfandel grapes for your decadent red. These old vines - some 80+ years old! - grow fewer grapes but have more developed, concentrated flavor.
    • "My goal was to make a very rich, full-bodied Zinfandel with oak nuance, and Angels let me do exactly that," Stephen says. Wines like this one usually sell for a minimum of $35 and up!
    • This small-lot Zin is packed with character. "I love this with braised short ribs and buttermilk mashed potatoes," says your winemaker. "Perfect for chilly weather."

Aging advice
This wine being full bodied will age gracefully for several years. I suggest buying several bottles and watch over (drink)them as they get better with age.

Serving advice
When first released this wine will benefit with a little air before tasting. I suggest letting it sit in your glass and then swirl. It should blossom before your very eyes.

Local food match
Short ribs braised in a brown sauce with buttermilk mashed potatoes are going to be my first choice when the weather gives us our first chilly night.