The sun is beginning to rise as the harvest crew descends upon the Rous Zinfandel vineyard, located in the east side of the Lodi Appellation. Planted in 1909 on St. George rootstock, this vineyards has overcome the odds (it was once slated to be removed) to see its fair share of harvests. Luckily the 2018 harvest is looking prosperous.
“The season was very cool, particularly at night for the last three weeks during ripening,” said vineyard owner (and former Ironstone winemaker) Craig Rous. “This helped the grapes develop very good colors and retain acidity. Add in the perfect sugars (25 Brix at harvest), and all indications suggest the 2018 vintage will be VERY good.”
Roughly 20 tons of grapes were hand-harvested. For wine lovers, this translates into around 1200 cases (or 60 cases per ton). The resulting Reserve Rous Ancient Vine Zinfandel is 100% grapes from the Rous vineyard. No blending is involved, making it the ultimate grape-to-glass drinking experience.