Mention Lodi and chances are that a bottle of reasonably priced Zinfandel pops into mind. Or perhaps Chenin Blanc. But most wine consumers won’t connect the dots between Lodi, part of the expansive Central Valley of California, and Pinot Noir. It’s taken an “old soul” to make that happen.
Old Soul wines are produced by the Maggio and Reynolds families, who have made wine in the historic region of Lodi for five generations. In 2002 they transformed the oldest winery in Lodi into a state-of-the-art facility and now produce a number of brands including Old Soul.
I grabbed this bottle as we headed out the door to visit tasting team members Glorious T and the Cabinator. They were delighted to see the bottle. As it turns out, they refer to CoCo, one of their new dogs, as an “old soul.”
The Old Soul 2013 Pinot turned out to be ideal for our perfect evening on the deck. While puffy clouds wafted around the blue sky, we experienced the power of Pinot.
Lodi is known for robust, powerful fruit and that carries through to Pinot Noir as well. The wine is rich with concentrated flavors. The wine is a blend of Pinot Noir with a dash of Zinfandel and Merlot. That gives it a unique Lodi spin.
During the winemaking process, malolactic fermentation helps soften the acidity and broaden the body. The wine is then separated into lots and aged in oak for various lengths of time depending on their profile. The best lots are then selected to become “an old soul.”
We thoroughly enjoyed the Old Soul Pinot. At a $14 SRP, you can become James Brown – and by that I mean you can afford to have a lot of (old) soul.
Full Disclaimer: We received this bottle as a marketing sample.