Vine Stocks 181, 337, Others

1 is actually one blend composed of a range of components that vary from vintage to vintage. Core varieties include 181 Merlot and 337 Cabernet Sauvignon, from elevated Clay Station in Lodi and the very hard to find Costamagna Zinfandel from the warmer west side of Lodi, an area renown for world class Zinfandel.

A mere two percent of the earth is covered in a Mediterranean climate, a preciously small area for highest quality wine grapes. So it is that red blends grown in Mediterranean climates like Noble Vines’ Clay Station and other nearby vineyards afford winemakers the chance to be creative, to fully explore the range of flavor possibilities. 

The tradition of blending extends back centuries before specific vine stocks had been clearly identified. Then, winegrowers harvested “field blends” and vinified the various varieties in one lot. Later, more sophisticated vintners grew different varieties separately, vinified them separately, then blended them to achieve balance and complexity in the finished wines.

Early ripening and gentle tannins make Merlot a traditional grape for blending with the sterner, later-ripening Cabernet Sauvignon, which tends to be higher in tannins, whether in these varieties ancestral home of Bordeaux, or in New World locations. The addition of Zinfandel gives Noble Vines 1 Red Blend a distinctly California touch, with other varieties lending even more concentration and complexity.