The two reds in this seasonally adroit offer feature exuberant flavours which are well-suited to both al-fresco, fire-based dining and also full-flavoured, spicy, Pan-Asian fare. I rarely write about the behemoth variety Zinfandel but this wine is eminently noteworthy. While offering the flamboyance of spice and fruit which Zin makes its own, this is not a porty, nor is it a heady wine. It is superbly accurate, 14% alcohol, bright and bouncy. If this grape has sent you running for the hills in the past, then think again. This is a suave, layered, polished wine with lashings of vinous élan. Matthew Jukes, Moneyweek (May 2018)
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This is what Layne calls his 'Tuesday night wine' - an easy going bright expression of Zinfandel. He is right - this is really attractive, more pep and brightness than so many - it has less stuffing perhaps but this is what makes it so very drinkable. Dive into this gem any night of the week, there is great weight and flow, it is simply great fun to drink. Layne sources the fruit for this cuvée from as far east as he can, as he loves the cool air and the ocean's influence on the grapes. These grapes come from the Mokelumne River sub-district of Lodi, as close to the Delta as you can get and still be able to grow grapes. This proximity to the sea and the cooling breezes makes a huge difference here in Lodi and you can really sense it in the m2 wines.L&S(Jun 2017)
Layne Montgomery is a charming, colourful character and a very talented winemaker. Self-taught he started this fantastic project in 2004, creating dynamic, artisanal wines from distinctive vineyards on the West side of Lodi, California.
Some vines are now over 100 years old, which is remarkable for this oft forgotten part of the wine world. He eschews French oak for American oak. 'French oak is too delicate, he says. 'It's like putting lipstick on John Wayne'.
The wines have simply got better and better as Layne has honed his craft and he is now making stand out wines for the region. When we met him on a balmy August night amongst the vines of Lodi we were immediately enchanted by his stunning wines and amusing, outspoken character. These are wines with personality and a refined sense of place.
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