The Oak Farm Vineyards Tievoli Red Blend 2016, Lodi, is a combination of zinfandel, primitivo, barbera and petite
sirah grapes. Only in California would you see such a blend. The name looks Italian, but it actually spells “I love it” backwards. Information on the oak regimen is not available, even on the winery website. The color is dark ruby that shades to a glowing magenta rim; it’s a black and blue wine, by which I mean blackberries, black currants and blueberries predominate in the nose and on the palate, these elements infused by notes of graphite, licorice, loam and bittersweet chocolate, with just a hint of dried meadow herbs and flowers. The wine is quite dry, but juicy and tasty on the palate, this effect borne by bright acidity and foresty tannins; the finish brings in more of the flinty mineral character. 14.5 percent alcohol. This one is a definite advantage paired with burgers and steaks, red sauce pastas and pizzas, meat loaf and pork chops. Drink through 2019 or ’20. Very Good+. About $18.

Tasted at the ZAP conference in San Francisco last week. That’s Zinfandel Advocates and Producers.