THE 1902 ZINFANDEL
2017 Michael Klouda Wines
This wine comes from the Schmidt family Zinfandel vineyard, which was planted in 1902. It has a staggeringly serious plum and damson-soaked flavour, with a mighty 15.5% alcohol on board and a fair slug of French oak, too. It is a thrillingly well-balanced wine and I cannot recommend it enough. Matthew Jukes, The Daily Mail (Apr 2020)
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Sweet vanilla oak, rich black cherry jam and lashings of chocolate add some complexity. Smooth, soft, very moreish. Strong oak smoke on the finish. Drinking range: 2019 - 2024 Rating: 16.5 Richard Hemming MW - www.JancisRobinson.com (Aug 2019)
For his own boutique project, Klouda uses fruit from the Schmiedt family vineyard, planted in 1902, to create a vanilla-flecked, blackberry-laden wine with elegant power and a real taste of history. If you've not been enamoured by Zin before, try this. Rating: 91 Decanter Magazine (May 2019)
This wine is made from the Schmiedt family Zinfandel vineyard on the east side of Lodi. Planted in 1902 this vineyard has seen some sh!t. Can you imagine? Taste a little bit of history with this wine. It is sure to be the next MK wines hit. 100% Zinfandel and a little bit of new French oak.Winemaker's notes (Jul 2018)
Michael Klouda Wines
We were delighted to meet Michael on a recent trip to Lodi, the Californian heartland for great Zinfandel. Fresh faced and gently spoken Michael is a natural talent, crafting subtle, elegant wines from some prize plots in Lodi. His day job is with the brilliant Michael David winery, but the real magic happens with his own small scale project where he selects plots and picks early as he strives for freshness in the juice and some lift in the wines.
Incredible natural ability and a fresh, open-minded attitude mean his wines are some of the very best we have tasted with impressive tight lines for wines from this part of the world.
Surely a star of the future Michael is one to watch.
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