Schmiedt Ranch

Ancient, own-rooted Zinfandel in Schmiedt Ranch nearing its 100th birthday

Ancient, own-rooted Zinfandel in Schmiedt Ranch nearing its 100th birthday

Schmiedt Ranch is a prototypical east side Lodi vineyard; 8 acres planted in 1918 on its own roots, inside a u-shaped bend of the Mokelumne River that is particularly deep in loamy-sand, becoming increasingly better known as the “Peninsula” or part of the east side’s “Victor Triangle.” Formerly known as the Dairy Vineyard, it was farmed by the late Ross Schmiedt for over 30 years, and continues to be farmed by the Schmiedt family. The river’s moderating micro-climate, porosity of soil and dry farming have typically yielded just 1 ton per acre, marked by high skin to juice ratios, unusually high acidity and a concentration of floral, red fruit qualities tinged by savory, scrubby subtleties. Structures tend to lean towards the crisp, silky, feminine side, with restrained tannin – qualities not unlike neighboring vineyard blocks (i.e. Tegan Passlacqua’s Kirschenmann Vineyard and Michael McCay’s Lot 13) immediately adjoining Schmiedt Ranch.

The 2013 Lodi Native Schmiedt Ranch Zinfandel was produced and bottled by Macchia Wines; by owner/winemaker Tim Holdener.

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Classic “split” trunk in Schmiedt Ranch

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