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2014 Gioia Locale Zinfandel/ Petite Sirah

2014 Gioia Locale Zinfandel/ Petite Sirah

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In Italy, Zinfandel is known by a number of aliases. Two well-know ones are Primitivo di Gioia—joyful, wild gem—and Primitivo di Locale—a neighborhood original. Our blend of Zin and Petite Sirah is a megahit with the locals—and a real gem—so a marriage of the names (and two great grapes) was only fitting.

Gioia Locale (just say “Joy-uh Low-cali”) is rich and deep, much like a dark chocolate-covered dried cherry. At the same time, it's spicy and a little mysterious: there's a zip of flavor but is it cinnamon or pepper or an Asian spice? Hmm...better have another sip to try to sort it out.


2014 was notable for its early spring, warm temperatures, and dry conditions. Lodi was no exception, and while warmer and dryer than is typical, its proximity to Delta breezes off the area’s many rivers helped moderate vineyard temperatures.



Lodi, vineyards certified sustainable


66% Zinfandel, 34% Petite Sirah




0.55g/100 mL

Residual Sugar:




Malolactic Fermentation:


Barrel Aging:

28 months in 1, 2, and 3 year old French oak barrels

Harvest Dates:

August 27 and September 22, 2014

Brix at Harvest:


Bottling Date:

February 20, 2017

Release Date:

August 1, 2017

Cases Produced:



This is old school Zinfandel. Old vines—more than 40 years old—grow on their own roots—a classic Lodi viticultural method that moderates vigor and enhances spicy flavors. Vineyards are certified sustainable, demonstrating good stewardship to both the land and the community.


Pair Gioia Locale with barbecues and sunshine or warm winter stews.. Cumin-spiced Santa Fe pork stew with black beans and sweet potatoes is a natural. So is sweet, piquant barbecued tofu from one of Oakland's best 'cue houses. Slow smoked brisket or juicy pulled pork is perfect. If it's rich, savory, and a little smoky, pour a glass and let's eat!