The Art of Big Smooth Wine
Winemaker Greg Kitchens' approach with Big Smooth is to make a big, fruit-forward and mouth-filling wine that finishes smooth and satisfying. Crafting Big Smooth wines involves walking a tightrope to develop a full-bodied wine with a satin finish. The secret ingredient is managing the ripeness levels of the grapes very closely. By allowing our grapes to achieve high sugar levels, the tannins in the skin soften to show beautiful color and a silky mouth-feel.
The barrel regimen of Big Smooth is equally as important. The wood we source from the Midwest lends seductive vanilla and coconut notes. The American Oak, paired with French and Hungarian, adds complexity. This fine balance between fruit and aging is how we truly achieve wines worthy of bottling for Big Smooth.
The Lodi Appellation
Recognized by Wine Enthusiast in 2015 as Wine Region of the Year, Lodi boasts a Mediterranean climate of warm days and cool evening breezes from the Delta. This unique climate coupled with deep, loamy soil makes the Lodi wine region renowned for rich, concentrated wine and allows us to focus on only the most bold and structured fruit.
The majority of the fruit for Big Smooth is grown in a small vineyard, by a family who has been cultivating Lodi grapevines for five generations. This long-standing history of excellence is something we appreciate and support.