“Blame it all on my roots, I showed up in boots,” goes that old country song. Kirschenmann Vineyard — a prototypical own-rooted, east-side Lodi Zinfandel planting dating back to 1915 — made a memorable debut as a vineyard-designate bottling in the ballroom of the luxurious Four Seasons San Francisco this past Jan. 24.
As part of Zinfandel Advocates & Producers’ (i.e. ZAP) FLIGHTS Experience, the Historic Vineyard Society (HVS) put together a three-part winemaker panel, presenting 2012 Zinfandels sourced from three vineyards: Kirschenmann in Lodi, Bedrock in Sonoma Valley, and Monte Rosso in Sonoma Valley. Historic Vineyard Society is an association of growers and winemakers dedicated to the preservation of California’s historic winegrowing sites (defined as those dominated by vines planted prior to 1960).