Hoosier favorite Zin? If you’re looking to arrange a nice, laid-back, family-owned visit with delicious and affordable wines on your tour through the Dry Creek Valley – the Zinfandel mecca – Kokomo Winery is your easy choice. Situated on the eastern bench of Dry Creek Valley amidst the 120 acres of Timber Crest Farms, Winemaker Erik Miller founded the winery in 2004 naming it after his hometown of Kokomo, Indiana, and decided on a Coastal Cypress Tree as a label icon to signify his move from the midwest to California’s scenic coast. Kokomo currently produces a classic Dry Creek Zinfandel plus over a dozen different varietals and several single-vineyard designates which are farmed by his partner in the winery, grower Randy Peters. Kokomo Winery takes pride in being a family winery and the moment you walk into their tasting room it’s apparent. Miller has infused his midwestern Hoosier friendliness into his hospitality experience at Kokomo. Here is a place for visitors to enjoy a comfortable and immersive wine tasting experience in the cellar and surrounded by wine barrels. The tasting room is open seven days a week and you can taste their current lineup of wines at the tasting bar or make an appointment for a Reserve Tasting in their Barrel Room.
Kokomo’s Dry Creek Zinfandel is composed from grapes that are sourced from two different vineyards: Mizany Vineyard and Pauline’s Vineyard. Both are located in Dry Creek Valley and the different vineyards each contribute their own distinct personalities to the finished wine. Mizany Vineyard is planted to the DuPratt clone of Zinfandel, which has a spicier character with a darker fruit profile and is a field blend comprised of Zinfandel and small components of Carignan, Alicante Bouschet, and Petite Sirah, much like the first vineyards planted in Dry Creek Valley. Pauline’s Vineyard is planted to the old mother-clone of Dry Creek.