Vineyard Spotlight - Nestled amidst the captivating landscapes of Lodi's Mokelumne River AVA, the Cherryhouse Vineyard stands as a meticulously tended terroir, weaving a vibrant tapestry for Zinfandel enthusiasts. Crafted with passion by brothers Jeff and John Perlegos, this viticultural gem transforms its terrain into a sanctuary for head-trained vines, firmly rooted in the sandy loam below. Beyond its meticulous management, Cherryhouse distinguishes itself with the intriguing character it bestows upon its Zinfandel. Clusters resembling tight grenades, each cradling small berries, promise an abundance of flavor—a visual and gustatory spectacle that consistently excites us. Dating back to the 1970s, Cherryhouse has witnessed the evolution of winemaking, recently embracing organic farming, a commitment that speaks to the Perlegos brothers' dedication and contributes to the overall uniqueness of their wines.
Vintage Highlights - In the winegrowing region of Lodi Appellation, the 2022 vintage unfolded amid nearly ideal conditions, marked by abundant early-season rains and superb spring and summer weather. However, an unexpected, record-breaking frost in mid-spring significantly reduced crop sizes. Challenges persisted with a Labor Day heat event, bringing unprecedented high temperatures. Despite these adversities, the 2022 wines are anticipated to exhibit heightened concentration and power compared to the previous vintage, influenced by both the spring frost and the Labor Day heatwave. Despite the twists and turns of the year, consumers can still eagerly anticipate savoring exceptional wines from the 2022 vintage.
Winemaking Insights - The 2022 vintage presented challenges due to Labor Day heatwaves. Balancing the desire for phenological maturity without overripeness was crucial. The resilience of old vines in handling nature's curveballs proved remarkable. This Zinfandel was harvested at 23.5 brix, with a two-day cold soak boosting it to 24.5 brix. Native fermentation was initiated after warming up the must. Employing a novel winemaking technique, delestage, proved instrumental. This involved aggressively emptying the liquid part of the must from the fermentation tank and then pumping it back over the solid remnants, enhancing the extraction of anthocyanins and polyphenols. Christopher attributes the mouthfeel and richness of the wine to this technique.
Tasting Experience - The 2022 vintage from Cherryhouse continues the legacy, offering a fragrance that echoes the essence of cherries and berries with a nuanced twist. Darker berry tones, reminiscent of black cherries, dance on the nose, complemented by subtle hints of organic earthiness. As the wine graces the palate, these earthy notes gain strength, adding layers of complexity to the overall tasting experience. Savoring a Zinfandel that intricately reflects its terroir is undeniably charming, and Cherryhouse effortlessly delivers on that promise. The 2022 vintage stands as a testament to the Perlegos brothers' unwavering commitment to their craft and the land they cultivate.
Tasting Notes - The 2022 Zinfandel grown from Cherryhouse Vineyard entices with a seductive array of aromatics, weaving together black plum, black cherry, fresh cracked pepper, and delicate floral notes. On the palate, a luscious symphony unfolds, introducing a hint of vanilla, juicy blackberries, black currant, and the mineral essence of river rock. The wine's sophistication shines through with a bright and fresh finish, subtly tannic, leaving a lasting impression.
Coming Soon- Release Date: February 24, 2024
Wine Club Member Exclusive: With only four barrels produced, wine club members are invited to the tasting room to Join us at the tasting room for an exclusive preview, where you will be the first to enjoy the subtle nuances of this exceptional wine before it is officially released.