California - Central Valley

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Central Valley in California

  • Entirely inland
  • large area, two valleys (which are NOT AVAs!)
    • Sacramento Valley, north, 6.700 ha
    • San Joaquin Valley, south, 61.000 ha
  • High yielding vineyards on flat fertile areas
  • Daytime temperatures 35-40C
    • > very ripe grapes
  • Large-scale production
    • E & J Gallo Winery
    • Bronco Wine Company
  • 'California' on label > most wines come from San Joaquin Valley
  • French Colombard, Chardonnay, Muscat, Zinfandel, Merlot
  • Lodi AVA

Zinfandel in Lodi AVA, Central Valley, California

  • some over 100 years > sandy soils > phylloxera no problem in some areas
  • styles range from medium/full-bodied, medium/medium(+) acidity, ripe tannins, flavours of cherry, blueberry, blackberry

Why there may be lots of Lodi grapes in 'California' blends

Because of the low price of the grapes from this area

Significant producers in Lodi AVA, California Central Valley

  • Michael David
  • Ravenswood

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