We like to explore the world through wine, eagerly trying wines from various countries, at various price points. Some wines we wouldn’t drink again, others go on the rotation list, and some are really impressive. Here is our favorite wine of this past week.
With the post-holiday COVID-19 curve finally tapering off and the regional stay-at-home orders lifted, we ventured out for the first time in months. On a beautiful, warm January afternoon, we took the short walk from home to our favorite local wine bar, Platinum Wine Lounge, for some al fresco wine and nibbles.
As we sat on the patio, basking in the late afternoon sunshine, we perused the wine list. Platinum features many local wines, from the Sierra Foothills and Lodi. We decided on the m2 Old Vine Zinfandel 2017, and we were not disappointed.
If you’ve ever been wine tasting in Lodi and driven down Peltier Road between I-5 and Highway 99, you’ve seen m2 Wine’s distinctive steel winery and tasting room. We have always enjoyed m2’s wines, and their Old Vines Zinfandel is among our favorites in their portfolio. The Old Vines Zinfandel 2017 is a single-vineyard wine, from the Soucie Vineyard in the Mokelumne River AVA. The vines were planted in 1916. While there’s no legal definition for “Old Vines”, I’d say 101 years meets the generally accepted definition.
m2 Wines Old Vine Zinfandel 2017, Soucie Vineyard, Mokelumne River AVA
Clear dark ruby color. On the nose, aromas of bing cherry, cranberry, blackberry, and smoke. These notes continue on the palate, with flavors of cherry, plum, blackberry, and cranberry, with white pepper and vanilla. Medium-plus body, with soft, supple tannins and medium acidity. Very nicely balanced, with a long finish of red fruit and baking spice.
What was your wine of the week?
- By Kent Reynolds and Robyn Raphael-Reynolds
2 thoughts on “Our Wine of the Week: m2 Old Vine Zinfandel 2017”
Many many years ago I was introduced to M2. One cold rainy spring evening I stopped by their tasting room which was the finest tasting room in Lodi- Directly across from the dump, the dump.. As Layne often said I’d rather spend my money on grapes!
There were no cars in the parking lot but I opened the door to the winery and Layne and a friend was behind a table with beakers blending wines. Layne waved me in and said you are not the “official tasting panel>” There were blending the “Trio” I learned so much that evening, I had no idea what 2% of a varietal could do to a wine!
Such a great evening!
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Fond memories of great times! Cheers, Bill.