Gnarly Head Black Old Vine Zin 2015


The Gnarly Head Black Old Vine Zin comes from Manteca, CA where it is a very balanced wine that is smooth,  tasty, and bold.

On the nose, lots of dark fruit with berries and cherry–its not as strong as one may think, but still nice aromas.  In the mouth, the mixture of blackberry and cherry shines as the flavors were bold and long lasting vanilla thrown in. A brief chewy (jammy) finish was a nice surprise. It was quick, yet memorable with the oak flavor really coming through with some spice.

At $9.99 at Trader Joes, this is a nice value wine for the price. It’s also a durable wine that is paired well with BBQ or spicy food. This wine is worth having in your collection for a mid-week drink or with dinner.

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From the Winery


Gnarly Head Old Vine Zinfandel is made using grapes sourced from gnarled 35-80 year old head trained vines. As some of the oldest vines in California, the fruit produced is exceptional, intense and full-flavored. This intrepid Old Vine Zinfandel has a gnarly core of rich, jammy blackberries and mocha flavors with layers of spice and vanilla balanced by complex French and American oak toast. Try pairing this bold wine with braised short ribs, chicken enchiladas or dark chocolate.


Gnarly Head Old Vine Zinfandel is crafted using grapes from select vineyards throughout the Lodi region – known as the “Zin-famous” appellation. Lodi has an ideal climate for growing exceptional grapes – warm summer days and cool nighttime breezes from the ocean, in addition to sandy, well-draining soil. Our grapes are hand-selected primarily from the Mokelumne River area, home to some of the oldest and most respected vineyards in Lodi.


Older vines produce fewer grape clusters, but the small berries yield intense, concentrated fruit flavors. Grapes were hand-harvested in the cool of the night, then delivered to the winery to be de-stemmed and gently pressed into fermentation tanks. After seven to nine days of fermentation, the wine was gently racked into a combination of French and American oak for malolactic fermentation and aging.

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