Posts Tagged ‘McCay Cellars’

Dreams of real, velvety wines (or, dream case of Lodi drinking reds)

June 17th, 2015
Dreams of real, velvety wines (or, dream case of Lodi drinking reds)

  We have this recurring dream. It’s almost mid-day. We wake up late, after some wine-soaked conversation deep into the night before, and still haven’t yet eaten. So after stopping at a tiny charcuterie for some cooked sausages, marinated olives, a round of local bread – tasting as sweet and silky as pancakes in the inside, crunchy as toasted crusts on the outside – and a bottle of wine, we follow a winding brook at the foot of a steep hill outside the village, in search of a table in the sky. The residual chill from earlier morning hours is.. VIEW MORE »

Lodi wines rated among the finest California Grenache reds

June 9th, 2015
Lodi wines rated among the finest California Grenache reds

  Some things just creep up on you – like the unsuspected appeal of red wines made from the black skinned Grenache grape. Especially those grown in Lodi. Earlier in the month we endeavored to take a measure of varietal bottlings of Lodi grown Grenache; gathering 15 of the finest examples grown and produced in California for a “blind” tasting. Meaning, the bottles were poured from paper sacks, their identities unknown to the tasters, which included three of Lodi’s most respected vintners: Markus Bokisch of Bokisch Vineyards, Chad Joseph of Harney Lane Winery and Oak Farm Vineyards (plus three more.. VIEW MORE »

The 2012 ZinFest Commemorative Zinfandel is an essence of Lodi

May 4th, 2015
The 2012 ZinFest Commemorative Zinfandel is an essence of Lodi

  Each year the Lodi ZinFest produces about a 1,000 bottles of a Commemorative Lodi grown Zinfandel under a colorful Belle Époque inspired art label by our official ZinFest artist, Vince McIndoe, always featuring the same mysterious “red headed girl.” This year’s special bottling was produced by Michael McCay, whose McCay Cellars Zinfandels, in recent years, have received great critical acclaim for their pure, expressive renderings of Lodi grown fruit. In his book The New California Wine, for instance, Jon Bonné (San Francisco Chronicle’s former Wine Editor) described McCay’s Zinfandels as such: If big and brawny is Lodi’s hallmark, McCay sprinted.. VIEW MORE »

White Zinfandel is back, and better (when seriously dry) than ever!

April 6th, 2015
White Zinfandel is back, and better (when seriously dry) than ever!

  The crying of Lot 13 Don’t look now, but White Zinfandel may be back, and better than ever! That is to say, White Zinfandel vinified more like a connoisseur’s wine:  bone-dry – not a hint of residual sugar in the taste – and from intensely flavorful, ancient vine fruit. The 2014 McCay Cellars Lodi White Zinfandel ($18) may very well be the bottling that revives the category in the Lodi winegrowing region. Bottled just this past mid-March, McCay Cellars owner/winemaker Michael McCay tells us, “Right now the wine is screaming ‘pomegranate’” – in reference to the wine’s brilliant, penetrating.. VIEW MORE »

Elegant styles of Lodi Zinfandel

March 18th, 2015
Elegant styles of Lodi Zinfandel

  In our previous post (Is Zinfandel breaking out?) we cited a number of wine industry professionals who truly believe that Zinfandel can be made in more restrained, elegant styles – not unlike the finest Pinot Noirs or Burgundies – and that, in fact, we are beginning to see a paradigm shift towards that direction. What are some of the more elegant styles of Zinfandel coming out of the Lodi Viticultural Area today? Tom Hoffman of Heritage Oak Winery – located on the east side of Lodi’s Mokelumne River AVA – has almost stubbornly stuck with leaner, zestier styles of.. VIEW MORE »