“The Mettler family heritage honors over 100 years and six generations of farming in Lodi with the release of this Epicenter old vine Zinfandel. The size of the crop, the time spent on the vine, and the many months aged in French oak barrels all reflect the care the family took to fully express the potential of the estate vineyard.” – winery The 2018 Mettler Zinfandel entices with its deep, inky purple color. The initial earthy and smoky aromas are followed by those of blackberry, vanilla and plum. The complex medley of flavors include ripe berries, licorice and herbs with a hint of black pepper. The sturdy but softly integrated tannins yield to subtle oak notes as the wine lingers on the palate. A light touch of acidity creates balance and elegance while retaining the juicy, exuberant personal ity that is uniquely Zinfandel.