A century-old Oak tree stands guard over our vineyards. Three generations of the Manning Family have enjoyed the gift of this Oak tree. It was the inspiration for our brother Corey when creating the Black Oak label over 20 years ago. As an avid gardener, he also planted Black Oak trees at his home. This deciduous tree has deeply furrowed bark and on mature trees is nearly black. The thick, almost black bark is marked with deep furrows and irregularly broken ridges. The moss around the trunk appears black, which is where the tree gets its unique color in maturity. On October 9th, our brother Corey and many others lost their homes in the Sonoma County Fires. On the first visit to his house, he noticed that the Black Oak trees were still standing but were charred truly black from the fire. Each week he returned to the site and one day, he noticed that underneath the charred trees were signs of green buds and rebirth. It was then that he realized that the Black Oak tree uses fire as a source of oxygen and regenerates itself to a healthy state of its true self. Now, as the Black Oak trees start to rebirth themselves, they stand guard over his home as he waits to rebuild.
Oak Farm Vineyards
Oak Farm Vineyards is a family owned and operated estate winery located in Lodi CA. The Panella family arrived in the region in 1936, and began an agricultural journey that ultimately culminated with the purchase of Oak Farm in 2004. As a third generation California Farmer, Dan reveled in undertaking the task of replanting the property’s 60 acres of vineyards in 2012 to fufill the vast potential of Lodi. Dan leads a talented team of agricultural specialists to build a diverse portfolio of wines made from estate fruit and selectively sourced grapes.
We have nurtured the art of wine-making in our family for five generations. The tradition began with my great grandfather who lived in a small hill town in Southern Italy. A beautiful vineyard covered the valley beneath his village and he asked the vineyard owner for permission to pick just enough grapes to make a few gallons of wine for family and friends.
The wine turned out to be delicious and everyone asked for more. When his “hobby” began to take more time than running his small farm, he began to think about selling his livestock and planting some vineyards of his own.
Fate intervened when several family members decided to leave their little village and emigrate to America. My great grandfather was one of those who made the long journey. He settled in the Santa Clara Valley because he liked the warm climate and the rich, fertile soil. As a hired hand he saved every penny, and eventually made enough money to buy a few acres of land. His life-long dream came true when he planted vineyards on the land and started to make wine with his own grapes.
The bald eagle has always stood as a symbol of longevity and great strength. Majestic and unwavering, the bald eagle is able to command attention with a single glance. Our brother, Craig Manning, was an Eagle. Like the Eagle he was gentle in nature but mighty when he had to be, and others in his presence couldn’t help but be drawn to him. He would vouch for the weak, standing up for what was right at all costs. Drawing from these qualities as inspiration, we came up with our Protest Red Wine blend, which finished aging in craft rye whiskey barrels for 45 days. This wine provides aromas and flavors that will challenge your senses, and much like our brother who is gone but never forgotten and the tenacious Bald Eagle, this wine will stand the test of time.
Flavor Profile: Crisp and clean with citrus fruits.
Food Pairings: Bruschetta, Spicy Dinners and Almond Biscotti.
The Zombie Zinfandel is blood-red in color. The aromas evoke visions of ripe blackberries and cedar coffins. The flavors meld together as an oozy mass of dark, ripe and horridly rich fruit with a layer of black pepper and spice.