Our Gnarly Story
Gnarly Head all started with a vine. In 2004, when our winemakers began their quest to make America’s favorite Zinfandel, they sought out vineyards in the Zinfandel capital of the world: Lodi, California. The Zinfandel vines planted in these older vineyards are some of the oldest in California and are grown in the traditional freestanding “head-trained” way. These gnarled vines provide the inspiration for Gnarly Head as the wines these older vines create are bold, full-bodied, juicy and in other words, gnarly.
But Zinfandel is not the only grape that can be Gnarly. Our winemakers select grapes from some of the best vineyards in Northern California to produce wines in our Gnarly House Style. Gnarly Head wines are easy to drink and pair well with food. They are Bold. Sophisticated. With a Hint of Gnarly.
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Crafted for adventurous palates, our Authentic Black is aged for over 12 months resulting in a uniquely smooth and opulent red wine.
Gnarly Head 2013 Chardonnay
It’s rich in mango, peach, vanilla, buttered toast and brown sugar flavors, with a clean, tart mouthfeel.
Gnarly Head 2013 Old Vine Zinfandel
Soft, spicy and jammy, this is rich in clove and big-hearted blackberry fruit. Easy to like and pleasantly affordable, it'll pour well for parties and other occasions where a bold, crowd-pleasing red wine is in order. It’s rich in mango, peach, vanilla, buttered toast and brown sugar flavors, with a clean, tart mouthfeel.
Gnarly Old Vines
Kramer Vineyard – Home to Gnarly Head Old Zinfandel Vines
Old Zinfandel Vines date back to the early 1900s when Italian immigrants settled on the west side of Lodi and planted Zinfandel.
The best vineyards are still owned and managed by these families, some going on their fourth generation as farmers.
Gnarly Head Old Vine Zin is sourced from these family owned and managed vineyards with long term contracts; many that began with a handshake years ago.
Clay Station Vineyard
Clay Station is the historic Old Borden Ranch purchased by Delicato Family Vineyards in 1995.
It currently has 1,300 acres planted to vines.
This exceptional vineyard is sustainably farmed based on the Lodi Rules and is certified by Protected Harvest, an environmental non-profit organization that endorses farmers’ use of stringent environmental farming standards (Lodi Rules Certified since 2006).
Clay Station is a source for Gnarly Head’s portfolio of wine.