By Kimberly Horg
Jeremy Wine Company’s tasting room opened in October of 2010 in Jeremy Trettevik’s wine label design studio. He used to design just labels, but now he designs what’s found both inside and outside of his bottles. The labels are beautiful and elegant, only surpassed by the elegant wines found inside.
Trettevik started making wine inside of another small startup winery, “Kidder Family Winery” and in 2012 he moved his production to a small industrial space.
The Downtown Lodi Tasting Room
Jeremy and his wife Choral have been at the current location in the midst of downtown Lodi for the past three years. The couple prides themselves in providing hospitality to their customers, remembering faces and names. “We work very hard to know all of our customers and to remember them when they return, so we try to make sure that the hospitality in our tasting room is second to none,” he said.
The tasting room is elegantly decorated with an old saloon bar from the 1850s and an urban oasis garden patio in the back. “It’s the perfect spot to stop by for a picnic or meet friends and share a bottle of wine,” Trettevik said.
This is a dream come true for Trettevik; when he started working in the wine business in 1994 he always thought about owning his own brand or winery but knew how hard it would be to make it happen.
“It’s a ton of work but we totally enjoy it,’ he said.
A Focus on Red Varietals, Zinfandel and Tempranillo
Jeremy produces 3,200 cases a year. He makes a lot of red wines from mainly local growers. Amador Tempranillo is his most widely known wine with Zinfandels following close behind. The 2011 Jeremy Tempranillo has a bold nose with bright cherry-plum notes and sweet hints of lightly smoky vanilla. In the mouth, the fruit opens up with playful boysenberry and black cherry, finishing in powerful and bold, round tannins and lingering sweet fruity spice notes.
Jeremy Costa Old Vine Zinfandel is from a small block of 60-year-old vines along the primary vineyard – self rooted and yielding some of the most concentrated flavors. On the nose, the wine has ripe fruit notes of plum, black cherry and subtle blueberry. Aged in a mix of medium and medium-plus French oak barrels, it is silky soft on the palate, opening into beautiful caramel and custard. The Costa is stronger in flavor.
Jeremy’s Barbera grapes are grown by the Noma family. The family has been farming in the Lodi region for many years and this field is about 40 years old. The already intense fruit was intensified more by pulling off 15 percent of the free run juice. The wine was then cool fermented and aged in neutral French and American oak barrels.
On the nose, Maraschino cherry and blackberry mingle with spicy vanilla and notes of fresh rose petals. Medium on the palate, the wine opens into mild earthy notes and finishes with smoky, toasty vanilla spice.
One Unusual White Varietal, Vermentino
The Vermentino is their only white varietal and is being released this summer. Vermentino is an obscure Italian varietal (grown in Lodi). Trettevik says it’s a wonderfully fresh, dry white wine with lovely aromatics of zesty lemon and honeysuckle on the nose.
And Port with Chocolate for Dessert
The Chocolate Port is also a new release. Old vine Zinfandel grapes are harvested late in the season at almost 31 degrees brix then aged with chocolate. Simple and pure aromas of dark chocolate linger on the palate with every sip.
“I’m intrigued by unusual varieties and love producing wines that are a complex but smooth, even experience. I generally look for wine grape growers that are passionate about the grapes they grow,” he said.
The Winemaker’s Personal Favorite, Sangiovese
Trettevik’s personal favorite is the Sangiovese, which will also be released this summer. The grapes are grown in the Shenandoah Valley, which has rich red clay soils, great for growing Sangiovese. The wine is filled with aromas of red cherry, strawberry preserves and spice.
“I like to get out there and work with the growers,” he said. “In this region we work as a team, which is nice compared to some other places.”
To visit Jeremy Wine Company go to 6 W. Pine Street in Lodi. For more information visit their website at jeremywineco.com.