LoCa#3: It's Not Just About Zin

Though we haven't yet talked much about Old Vine Zin, what Lodi is most famous for, we will.  But before we do, the region is home to a veritable smorgasbord of grapes more typically associated with Spain and Italy, and France.  Today's wine is a perfect example: Tempranillo.  Word is that the Mediterranean climate is perfect for these less prevalent (in the US) varieties - and this is proof:

2010 M2 Tempranillo Lodi Kirschenman Vinyard "Tormenta" $24
There is nothing shy about this proud, enjoyable juggernaut of a wine.  Dense, gritty, and structured enough to lend polish, this gulpable domestic Rioja is as much Red Hills Cabernet as it is Tempranillo.  With all the extraction of a warm climate Tempranillo and more dusty texture than a Rutherford red, there is a lot to like in this slightly more complex and profound cousin of Senda 66.