The Best Picks for California Lodi Wines

People working during grape harvest
People working during grape harvest in Lodi, California. Maguey Images / Getty Images

California's Lodi wine region has been growing grapes for over a century, but the last decade has seen an explosion of regionally-inspired wines coming of age and anxious to share their commitment and inspiration. While the Zinfandel grape placed Lodi firmly on the regional wine map, and big names like Ravenswood, Woodbridge, and Sebastiani have sourced grapes from Lodi's 100,000 acres of wine grapes for years, it's been the family-owned, boutique wineries that have given significant expression to the region. Here, you'll find excellent Lodi wines that range in both price and dimension.

  • 01 of 07

    Ironstone Obsession Symphony (CA) $13

    Ironstone Obsession Symphony

    Ironstone Vineyards 

    While not necessarily a "small lot" wine, Ironstone is very much family-owned and operated. Ironstone's Obsession Symphony brings a picnic-friendly, light-bodied white wine to the glass with decadent floral aromatics and loads of rich peach and apricot along with background citrus notes to the palate. Easy-going, budget-friendly, and carrying plenty of food-pairing versatility, this Lodi white ​screams summer.

  • 02 of 07

    Klinker Brick Old Ghost (CA) $48

    Klinker Brick Old Ghost

    Courtesy of Klinker Brick

    This old vine Zinfandel comes from 100-year-old vines, highlighting remarkable concentration and depth. Serious, and well-structured with tighter tannins thanks to smaller berries, the Old Ghost proves to be benevolent on the palate with streamlined black cherry and plum wrapped in fresh herbal nuances and waves of warm oak-induced spice.

  • 03 of 07

    Macchia Old Vine Red Blend "Serious" (CA) $50

    "Our objective is to make the best wine we can for the best price," Lani Holdener shared the vision behind the wines as she poured Macchia's old vine red blend, dubbed "Serious." Mission accomplished. This Lodi red blend leans heavily on Zinfandel grapes and brings ripe red fruit, exotic spice, and inherent balance to the bottle. A stunning, special occasion wine, "Serious" over delivers in-depth, integration, and polished finish.

  • 04 of 07

    St. Amant Old Vine Zinfandel (CA) $18

    St. Amant Old Vine Zinfandel

    Courtesy of St. Amant Winery

    Encapsulating everything you'd expect from an old vine Lodi Zinfandel -- big fruit, fine tannin structure, and exceptionally food-friendly St. Amant's Old Vine Zinfandel promises plenty of ripe raspberry, cherry, and blackberry fruit on the nose and echoing again on the palate. This is a well-managed wine from start to finish with green certified growing standards and remarkable density and drive from fruit-forward attack to seamless finish. Perfect for grilled to gourmet fare.

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  • 05 of 07

    d'Art Zinfandel (CA) $24

    The 2010 Old Vine d'Art Zin delivers loads of fruit, a dash of black pepper spice and supple tannin components. A classic Zinfandel showcasing the region's fruit-forward style with a fuller body, and plump texture.

  • 06 of 07

    Fields Family Winery Syrah (CA) $22

    Fields Family Winery Syrah

    Courtesy of Fields Family Wines

    The Rhone grape varieties are finding firm footing in Lodi's wine landscape and the Fields Family Syrah makes it a point to demonstrate both the remarkable structure and dense fruit staking claim on their Rhone ambassador. Lively red berry and blackberry flavors poised alongside smoke, game components, and tobacco leaves promise to welcome full sensory input and deliver fine-boned intensity without unnecessary weight.

  • 07 of 07

    Mettler Petit Sirah (CA) $25

    Mettler Petit Sirah

     Courtesy of Mettler Family Vineyards

    Deep, ink-stained color components and dense palate expressions make this a stand-out Lodi red. Ripe blackberry, dark chocolate, and black pepper spice open up on the nose, followed by a rich palate profile filled with dark berry fruit, well-integrated tannins, and an enduring, flavorful finish.