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To all Wine Exchangers,
Monga Zin winemaker Carol Shelton summed it up best when she wrote:

”Located in the Cucamonga Valley in southern California 70 miles inland from Los Angeles, Jose Lopez Vineyard was planted in 1918 for "packing grapes" to ship to home winemakers in Chicago and the East. These old Zinfandel vines struggle in the near desert-like conditions; with rocky-sandy soil that holds very little water. After nine decades, they have only grown to about 18 inches tall, and have just a few tiny fist-sized clusters on each vine.”

‘Packing grapes’. That’s awesome. The Best packing grapes we’ve ever tasted.

We had the pleasure of filming/documenting this historic, forgotten strip of vineyard during its miniscule harvest a few years back. What a trip.

Freeway. Track homes. Strip mall. 100-year-old Zinfandel.
Both Tris and I grew up here in SoCal so there’s a certain element of local pride when we did our short film on this magical spot.

The vines fight the tumbleweeds and any other plant scrappy enough to survive these conditions for water. There’s no irrigation. The vines are dry-farmed in sand. It’s pretty much the desert.

The wine has surprising balance when one considers the harsh conditions, though this is a turbo-charged, full-bodied energetic Zinfandel, with a fabulous raspberry, brambly quality to the rich, luscious texture. Carol uses mostly older oak, I think Zin likes it that way. New oak on Zin is like me wearing a tuxedo. It looks and feels more than a little uncomfortable.

This vineyard will be eventually grubbed up. We appreciate the fight that vineyard manager Don Galleano has put up but at some point the builders and urban sprawl will win.

In the meantime, take this opportunity to enjoy a true piece of California wine history…at what we think is an absurd price. In the Russian River Valley this wine would cost double. As a matter of fact, I don’t think many people are making money anywhere along the line on this one. Carol pays for the grapes and then pays a refrigerated truck to transport them to Sonoma. She then charges a very fair price and we do the same.

I personally think this is, to us anyway, more about subconsciously preserving this site as opposed to ‘making money’, even though this is the wine ‘business’. For some reason this feels deeper than that.

And, oh, by the way, 92-points from Wine Spectator, a huge score for them! They wrote, “Plush and briary, with vibrant cherry, bay leaf and pepper flavors that pick up speed toward well-groomed tannins.”

And, if you’re feeling sassy, we also received a nice allocation of the Carol Shelton Zinfandel Mendocino Old Vine Wild Thing 2016.  This beauty, from the 60+ year-old Cox Vineyard in Mendocino, absolutely charmed us this year with its deep, urgent, creamy fruit and deft balance. All native-yeast fermented, it’s a true expression of this also-historic vineyard.

And also 92 points from Wine Spectator!  They noted, “Spirited and zesty, with lively cherry and smoky cracked pepper flavors that frolic on the long finish toward well-groomed tannins.”

Spirited, zesty and full of frolic and only $18.98, another giveaway for old vine Zin of this caliber.
Carol Shelton Zinfandel Lopez Vineyard Monga Zin 2017
92 Points! Plush and briary, with vibrant cherry, bay leaf and pepper flavors that pick up speed toward well-groomed tannins. - Wine Spectator
ONLY $21.98
Carol Shelton Zinfandel Mendocino Old Vine Wild Thing 2016
92 Points! Spirited and zesty, with lively cherry and smoky cracked pepper flavors that frolic on the long finish toward well-groomed tannins. - Wine Spectator
ONLY $18.98
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