St. Amant Winery
2012 Mohr-Fry Ranch Old Vine Zinfandel
Zinfandel •Mohr-Fry Ranch
Today’s St. Amant Winery 2012 Mohr-Fry Ranch Old Vine Zinfandel is that rarest of rare gems - an unbelievably great wine at a price that is almost too good to believe.
In honor of our fearless leader Agent Red’s birthday, we sought out an extra special wine to celebrate his big day. And, boy, did we succeed! Today’s wine scored an astounding 100 Points in a blind tasting from Master Sommelier Catherine Fallis.
This wine has layer upon layer of delicious dark fruit and terroir, with a level of complexity not often seen in a California Zin. With this pedigree and this flavor profile, our jaws absolutely dropped when we learned of the price. A wine this good for under $20? I can think of quite a few Agents who are going to stock up on this fantastic deal. Make sure you don’t miss out on this incredible offer!
Deep garnet at the center, with a rustic, hazy ruby ring encircling the glass.
Beautifully aromatic, with red fruit and dark spice notes leaping from the glass. Hints of fresh strawberry and cherry mingle with fresh berry bramble, cedar wood, dark baking spices, toasted oak, dark chocolate, and European licorice.
Bold flavors of black cherry, boysenberry, and black currant are delicately laid overtop notes of dark chocolate, espresso bean, sweet tobacco leaf, and robust dark baking spices.
Soft and silky, with a fantastic mouthfeel, this wine is well structured, with soft tannins and plenty of lingering notes of bright red fruit.
A gourmet burger, perfectly grilled, with smoked Gouda and a buttery brioche bun. And don’t forget plenty of fresh veggies!
What the Winery Says
Our Mohr-Fry Ranch Old Vine Zinfandel comes from a head-pruned vineyard planted in 1944 in the heart of the Lodi Appellation. It was one of the first certified vineyards under the Lodi Rules for Sustainable Wine Growing. The Lodi rules take a comprehensive approach to address the overall health of the vineyard and ecosystem. Our most popular wine is a big ripe chewy Zin with rich raspberry and spicy blackberry flavors finishing with a delicious mouth-coating texture.
- Tim Spencer
- 100 Points - Master Sommelier Catherine Fallis
- Lodi, California
- Fruit Variety
- 100% Zinfandel
- Farming Practice
- Certified 100% Organic
About the Winery
St. Amant is a small family owned winery founded in 1979 by Tim and Barbara Spencer. Located in Lodi, California, we pride ourselves in producing handcrafted wines of superb quality. We strive to create fruit-forward food-friendly delicious wines, and firmly believe that wine, first and foremost, is a beverage of pleasure best enjoyed with family and friends.
St. Amant focuses on Mediterranean grapes crafting distinctive wines from Portuguese, Spanish, and Italian varietals in addition to California’s own Old Vine Zinfandel. We strongly believe that all great wines are made in the vineyard, and meticulously focus on low yields with concentrated fruit flavors. Our winemaking follows simple traditional hands-on techniques designed for maximum expression of each of the vineyard sites.
We hand harvest at the optimal point where sugar, acid, and flavor come together in perfect balance and carefully sort the grapes at the crusher/destemmer to remove leaves and imperfect clusters. We ferment in small tanks with a high juice to skin ratio and carefully handle the must with gentle pumpovers, delestage, and hand punchdowns. We press and rack to small oak barrels for a natural malolactic fermentation and we only utilize high quality coopers and a variety of French and American oaks for added complexity. We bottle with minimal rackings, fining, and filtration.
Winemaker Stuart Spencer
Stuart took over the winemaking duties when his father Tim passed away in 2006. Having grown up with a family farm and winery, he has a long history with grapes and wine. When his parents partnered with others to open a fine wine shop in 1970’s, Stuart was brought along to countless tastings and events where he had the opportunity to taste, learn, and develop a passion for wine. Growing up in the wine business gave Stuart the opportunity to learn the craft from the ground up. Spending countless hours on tractors, leaf-pulling, sampling, harvesting, crushing, racking, topping, and endless hours of cleaning gave him insight into how fine wine is made.
Stuart graduated from UCSB and in 1999 went to work for the Lodi Winegrape Commission where he served as the Program Manager and helped develop many of the innovative programs that have shined the light on Lodi wines. Stuart is currently President of TAPAS (Tempranillo Advocates, Producers and Amigos Society) a trade association dedicated to the promotion of American grown Iberian varieties.