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We are proud to say that all of our small lots of high quality wines are made from Lodi Appellation grapes. We personally farm all the vineyards from which our wine grapes are chosen. We are therefore able to give the attention to detail required to produce the quality we demand. We firmly believe the quest for excellence begins in the vineyard and ends only when we can present to you an exceptional wine. We hope you will enjoy our wine with great friends while creating memorable, fun times!
Lodi, CA
Phone: (209) 369-6805
Website: http://www.grandsamis.com
Appellation: Lodi
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2003 Grands Amis Carignane

1942 vines, planted in rich loamy soils, head trained, and watered only twice, contributed to this unusual big wine. It compares more with old world Spanish style wines. It has a d ... moreense full body with a velvet blackcurrant introduction, and plenty of dried herb, licorice, pepper and spice box on the middle pallet. Ending with a surprising tannic structure, this wine will drink well in the next three to four years.

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2002 Grands Amis Syrah

This wine was awarded Best of Class of Region Lodi Appellation at the 2004 California State Fair. It has a good color concentration with a bouquet that focuses on lush red fruit: s ... moretrawberries, intensely ripe raspberries, and candied cherries. The French oak imparts a sweet vanilla oak character with notes of cinnamon and cloves, along with campfire smokiness and hints of lavender tea. The finish is lingering and textured.

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2001 Grands Amis Zinfandel

This is a classical Lodi zinfandel. Moderate density in color with a true zinfandel nose - up-front fruit, candied cherry, and ripe plum. It has a "raspberry cane" aroma typical of ... more quality Lodi zinfandels. The oak is well integrated with the fruit, giving warm cinnamon/clove spice flavors. This is for the lovers of a good "earthy" zinfandel.

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2002 Grands Amis Zinfandel

This is an unfiltered wine giving the visual texture to be slightly opaque but adding intense and dynamic aromas. Initially, the concentrated black fruits are apparent: plum, black ... more cherry, and ripe raspberry. Upon quaffing, lighter aromas such as lemon zest, apricots, and violets become perceptible. There are hints of black pepper in the background. The flavor of the wine mimics the aroma, and is also intensely fruity, but with dried fruit flavors, cherry and apricot. The grape tannins are very soft and subtle and the oak presence is well integrated, and provides a velvety texture. Alcohol 14.8%. A zinfandel with good fruit dynamics and easy to sip on its own.

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2003 Grands Amis Carignane Reserve

This wine surprises with prune and nougat aromas, gently mixed with some vanilla flavors generated from the French Oak. It has a good rounded mid pallet and tannin structure, follo ... morewed by a good acidic and white pepper finish. This old vine Carignane (1942 vines planted in rich loamy soils) will become the flagship wine of Grands Amis' old world tradition.
It has been aged for 27 months in 100% second fill French Oak Barrels.
Alcohol 14.2%
Total Production: 47 cases

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2003 Grands Amis Première Passion

This 50/50 blend of Cabernet Sauvignon and Petite Verdot brings out the old world of Lodi. A combination of earth and spice [earth from the Petite Verdot and spice from the Caberne ... moret Sauvignon] is written all over this wine, with a mid-pallet complexity of blackberry, dates and a hint of anise.
The aftertaste is more Cabernet driven - dark chocolate.
Well balanced acidity and the good structure of tannins will make this a keeper and would probably show more potential if you have the patience to keep it. It has been aged for 27 months in 100% French Oak barrels - 50% new and 50% second fill.
Alcohol 14.5%
Total production: 142 cases

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2003 Grands Amis Alicante Bouschet

Blackberry aromas and a date undertone on the nose are followed by the perfect balance of oak, tannins, acid, alcohol and fruit on the mid pallet.
This wine will change the ... morelooks of Alicante's forever. It's big, it's bold and it is Lodi at its best! With some barnyard earthy finish, this wine carry over the old world style of the Grands Amis wine making techniques.
This wine has been aged for 27 months in 50% French Oak and 50% Hungarian Oak.
Alcohol 15%
Total Production: 47 cases

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2003 Grands Amis Zinfandel

Awards: 2006 California State Fair - Silver Medal. Wow! How big can you go? Fruit, fruit and some more fruit. Strawberries, raspberries, blueberries - you name it and this Zinfande ... morel's got it. Sultana and fried banana are setting the stage for a taste that will knock your socks off. Perfectly balanced American Oak, rounded tannins, and integrated alcohol are all gathered to flow down the middle of your pallet like a fresh oyster. With a lingering and voluptuous finish of dried apricots, this wine is crafted in a new world style in honor of Lodi fruit. This wine has been aged for 27 months in 100% American Oak - 75% new and 25% second fill.
Alcohol 16.5%
Total production: 47 cases

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2003 Grands Amis Petite Sirah

Awards: 2006 California State Fair - Gold Medal winner (94 points). This Petite Sirah is probably the biggest of its class around. With a blackberry nose this wine appears to be ve ... morery modest, until it reaches your mouth. It will awake all your senses!
With a complex taste of dark berry fruits and a liquorice undertone. Big tannins are well integrated with the French Oak and the 16% alcohol.
This wine has been aged for 27 months in 80% French Oak and 20% American Oak of which 60% was new barrels and 40% second fill.
Alcohol 16%
Total production: 100 cases

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2003 Grands Amis Port

Awards: 2006 California State Fair - Silver Medal. This Syrah Port does not come in a small package for nothing. It's dangerous! It drinks like a juice and hits like a tequila. Wit ... moreh a dark berry nose, followed by a mouth-filling flavor of dried raisins, it ends in a well-structured balance of oak tannins and a fruit bomb! This Port has been aged for 27 months in neutral Oak.
Alcohol 18.5%
Total production: 70 cases

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2004 Grands Amis Barbera

Awards: Bronze Medal 2007 California State Fair. Light aromas of dried nectarine and peach amongst a distinctive earthiness on the nose are followed by a typical mild but acidic mi ... mored pallet. The balance of oak, tannins, acid, alcohol and fruit invite a meal for completing its journey.
This wine has been aged in oak for 27 months. Alcohol by volume: 15.5%. Total Production: 115 cases


Updated on March 24, 2008

CrazyAboutWine recommends contacting Grands Amis at http://www.grandsamis.com or calling (209) 369-6805 to verify the winery's location.

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