Lodi’s Oak Farm Vineyards produces a surprisingly wide range of wines, including many made with classically European varietals, one of which we cover in this two-fer review.
2018 Oak Farm Albarino Lodi – This is a surprising wine from Lodi, full of tropical fruit, Cape gooseberry, and lemon peel notes. Bursting with fruit and sweetness, it could easily be confused with Spanish albarino or even New Zealand sauvignon blanc, especially considering its significant acidity. Hard to put down, it’s also a solid value. A- / $24
2017 Oak Farm Zinfandel Lodi – In contrast to the bracing albarino, this zinfandel is rather flat. Some fairly standard-grade notes of blackberries and plums, milk chocolate and baking spice all percolate on a restrained palate, moderated in sweetness and never reaching for the stars. A light note of mint on the finish works well with the chocolate notes, but otherwise the wine feels like it treads happily down the middle of the road. B / $24