November 2008 issue
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TERROIR Mokelumne River, Lodi, California Randy CaparosoAbout 44% of California’s Zinfandels are produced in the Lodi American Viticultural Area. And almost all of that is grown in Lodi’s historic heart and soul: the Mokelumne River, one of the seven recently established Lodi sub-AVAs. In fact, Mokelumne River is the source of many of California’s finest, richest Zinfandels. That may come as a surprise, because the emergence of ultra-premium-quality Lodi Zinfandel is another recent development, driven by growers-turned-winemakers—a dynamic not u...
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