If Lodi had a heritage grape (that wasn’t Zinfandel), it would absolutely be Carignane. The intense color and dark fruit grab you right out of the gate (as you might expect from a vineyard that’s 65-years old). The fruit continues to call the shots on the palate - but is nicely balanced by dirt, subtle oak and soft tannins.
If you don't know much about Carignane...do yourself a solid and check it out. At one point, there was more of this grape planted in California than any other grape. Despite that, most folks have never heard of the it - much less tried it. The wine was aged for nearly 30-months in French oak barrels. The final alcohol content is 14.6% by volume and a total of 47 cases were produced.