Tortoise Creek Zinfandel 2015

Wine Wednesday Tortoise Creek Zinfandel 2015

Tortoise Creek “The Chelonian” Zinfandel 2015

Lodi, CA Rating:
Cost: $14 (average – 2016 vintage) Jess – 4.5/5
Rating: 87 (Wine Enthusiast) Travis – NA

I was on a business trip to San Antonio, TX last week and naturally went in search of a wine bar for dinner on my first evening.  I discovered Zinc Bistro. A charming spot a few blocks off the river in downtown San Antonio.

Wine Down Wednesday Tortoise Creek Zinfandel bottle

The bartenders were extremely knowledgeable and recommended this wine for me to try.  I’m so glad they did! All of the wine and food teh suggested after chatting with me was exactly what I was looking for.  It was a hard decision to try other dining spots the other evenings of my trip!

Winemaker Notes:

“The Chelonian” refers to the genus of tortoises and turtles. Starting with the 2009 vintage Lodi Zinfandel “The Chelonian”, Tortoise Creek Wines has partnered with the Chelonian Research Foundation (CRF) to donate a portion of the annual profits to benefit the conservation of turtles and tortoises. 

~ Tortoise Creek Wines

Wine Notes:

  • Winery: Tortoise Creek
  • Alcohol: 14.7%
  • Varietal/Blend: 90% Zinfandel, 5% Tannat, & 5% Petite Syrah
  • Fermenting/Aging: 6 months in oak

Tasting Notes:

Medium bodied jammy zinfandel, but not overly sweet as some zinfandels can be.  Raspberry, cherry and plum notes mix pleasantly with flavors of vanilla and cinnamon in the long finish.

I did pair this particular wine with an amazing margarita pizza.  It was really nice with the fresh tomato and basil. I think it also would have held up well with something spicer, though I personally don’t usually care for food that’s too spicy.  

I really enjoyed this wine. And while it was a bit expensive by the glass (what wine isn’t in a touristy downtown area?), I was pleasantly surprised at the bottle cost when I looked it up.  This is something we could easily pick up a few bottles of to have on hand.  It also made me realize that I need to try more Lodi zinfandels! 

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Hi! I’m Jess Walker and fell in love with wine back in 2015. And not just drinking wine, but learning all things about it. How each grape variety produces different flavors in wine when grown in different areas,  the affects of wine making practices on the finished wine, the culture surrounding wine in different areas. The list goes on! 

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