The other day I had the chance to visit one of our longtime friends down in what is known primarily as “Zin” country; Lodi California. Stuart Spencer at St. Amant was just opening a 2019 Marian’s vineyard Zinfandel when I walked in. “Great timing Stuart!! Is that for me??!!”, I said. He poured me a ‘healthy’ tasting as we preceded to discuss the latest vintages and varietals Stuart was working on. The 2019 Marian’s vineyard known by many in the Zin trade as the “Mother of all Zins’ because of the small acreage and 1901 planted vines, and that the vineyard owner Jerry Fry named it after his mother and matriarch of the Mohr-Fry vineyard estate. These 120 year old vines are still producing fruit with deep, dark and intense flavors while maintain a moderate level of acidity on the finish. Signs of a true Zinfandel and a true ‘Old Vine’.
Stuart is well known as an award winning winemaker producing wines not only from Zinfandel but from Petite Sirah and more obscure grapes such as Alicante Bouschet, Trousseau and Souzão. Handcrafted and low production with an eye for detail, you can find his Marian’s Vineyard Zinfandel at Tomei’s while supplies last.
Sourced and approved by Michael of Tomei Wines