91 Insider Points
The 2012 Old Vine Zin from Baron Copper is sure to please lovers of the category, rich, lush and expressive. The wine exhibits brambly berries, tobacco and dried herbs on the nose, with cassis, stomped black cherry and blackberry coming through on the palate. A high acidity and equally high alcohol balance the fruit nicely, and there’s clear evidence of time in barrel as well, with subtle vanilla and chocolate notes coming through on the smooth and well rounded finish. Enjoy now through 2022. - DZ Feb 2017
95% Zinfandel, 5% Petit Syrah
Delicious single-vineyard, old-vine Zin from Greg Burns (of Jessie’s Grove and St. Amant—two of Lodi’s hottest producers). This feels good to drink in more ways than one—as a portion of all proceeds from its sale are donated to Best Friends Animal Society.
“Very ripe and full bodied,” notes the Wine Enthusiast. And our Panel agreed, wholeheartedly. This Zin was culled from some of Lodi’s most historic vines, some as old as 100 years. The finished wine was accented with 5% Petit Sirah and bottled at a substantial 15% abv. You can be sure this is no shrinking violet, boasting gobs of ripe blackberry puree and blueberry pie filling that is prevented from going “over the top” by tons of regional character in the form of earthy minerals and exotic clove.
Drink this delightful bruiser with short ribs, caramelized duck breast or any serious protein accompanied by a sweet, salty glaze or sauce.
Reasons why we love it:
Winemaker Greg Burns is a fifth-generation Lodi native whose family has lived in the area since the 1850s and growing grapes here since the 1880s.
The winery itself is named after a much-loved rescue hound, Baron Cooper the Manchester terrier. Adopted from the local Humane Society after an early life of neglect and possible abuse, Cooper has blossomed into a happy vineyard dog who enjoys acres of nature in which to romp.
Lodi is located about halfway between San Francisco and the Sierra Mountain Range. Lodi’s warm, dry summers are ideal for growing Zinfandel. The varietal has thrived here since the 1800s when Italian immigrants first settled the area.
Farmer Joey Tamura tends this 8-acre plot of 44-year-old Zinfandel vines, a nearby neighbor to the more famous Harney Lane and every bit this site’s equal.
Rich, dark berries and black cherry flavors with layers of spice and chocolate, balanced by a light kiss of Lodi dust.
When we first met our namesake, Baron Cooper, at our local Humane Society, he was terrified of a bouncing ball - something that should make a dog leap with joy. He had been a part of a prisoner rehabilitation program that left him with serious behavioral issue and as a result, he also had difficulty trusting strangers-especially men.
Today we are working our hardest to help Cooper forget his past and enjoy his new life. Slowly, he's regaining the happy-go-lucky and playful attitude he was meant to have. Already, this sweet dog is showing great signs of recovery and we feel very lucky to have him in our family.
We were so inspired by Cooper's story and his recovery efforts that we created Baron Cooper Wines in his name. Our brand is dedicated to Cooper-and to all animals in shelters throughout the country. To honor this, 5% of all the sales of Baron Cooper Wines will be donated to Best Friends Animal Society, the only national animal welfare organization focused exclusively on ending the killing of dogs and cats in America's shelters.
By buying our wines, you are helping to support animals like Cooper, who can't speak for themselves when they need help the most.
Duck l’orange, grilled lamb chops, braised short ribs, chicken enchiladas, or dark chocolate.