Fifth generation grape growers Steve and Lori Felten are often asked why they gave their winery the unusual name of Klinker Brick. Klinker bricks (named for the unusual sound they make when banged together) grace many of Lodi’s historical buildings. These highly regarded bricks were chosen by 1920s craftsmen architects for their distinctive qualities including unique shapes and dark, rich color. They are denser and heavier in weight than regular bricks. A rich, deep color, enormous density, and other unique characteristics also help describe the winery’s exceptional lineup of red wines like the Old Vine Zinfandel and Farrah Syrah.
The Feltens’ vineyards are primarily Old Vine Zinfandel, managed in 17 individual vineyard blocks of vines ranging from 40 to 120 years old. The vines are mostly head trained and some dry farmed, yielding an average of 2.0 to 3.5 tons per acre. Some of the oldest vineyards have yields as small as one quarter ton per acre. While there are significant limitations in the quantity of grapes produced, the quality of fruit is exceptional. Growing the grapes and making spectacular wines from Old Vine Zinfandel is the Feltens’ passion, and it is their mission to make only the finest Zinfandel from some of the oldest vineyards in the world. In fact, this year marks their 15th year of producing world-class Old Vine Zinfandel.
But Zinfandel is not the only varietal that’s making a bang at Klinker Brick Winery. Besides the exotic Farrah Syrah, the winery has added several distinctive new wines, including a dry style Rosé, a captivating, pungent Cabernet blend called Bricks & Mortar, and two first vintages: a dark, inky Petite Sirah, and a refreshingly aromatic Albariño. Sampling all of the wines is a even more delightful when one can visit the beautiful tasting room boasting lofty ceilings, concrete brick walls, and plenty of appealing wine-related gift items.
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