93 Points! Sam Kim, Wine Orbit
At Gnarly Head it all starts in the vineyard. Their quest for outstanding Zinfandel led them down a country road into the heart of Lodi, California revealing a sea of gnarled, very old vines pruned in a special, mop-topped way called “head trained.” True gnarly heads, these old vines yield fewer grape clusters with smaller berries than normal trellised vines. These mighty little berries produce intense, bold wines that are deep in colour with concentrated dark fruit flavours.
These bold, sophisticated wines are crafted to be enjoyed with a wide selection of foods, and made to bring people together, to enjoy with laughter, to celebrate past escapades and future adventures. This intrepid Old Vine Zinfandel has a gnarly core of rich, jammy blackberries and mocha flavors with layers of spice and vanilla balanced by complex French and American oak toast. Try pairing this bold wine with braised short ribs, chicken enchiladas or dark chocolate.