Rising from the resurgent Lodi Appellation, Michael~David Winery produces some of the finest award-winning varietal wines in California. We are six generations of winegrowers specializing in hand-crafted Rhone varietals as well as Lodi's famous Old Vine Zinfandels. Our tasting room, café and farmer's fresh market are located just 30 minutes south of Sacramento and one hour east of the Bay Area. Enjoy!
Tasted at the 2010 Zap wine festival and I only captured the numeric rating. I’ll have to taste again to get more detailed notes.
This wine becomes a grand wine at two hours, but it doesn't show what's in store at the start. A thin nose opens with not-so-complex whiffs of candies, wintergreen and mint, followed with muted notes of dark berries and raisins. After two hours, new aromas emerge to make for a greater complexity and stronger nose. Vanilla, chocolate and tobacco all enter the medley to add to its humble herbal beginnings. First tastes begin with weak black cherry, muted by alcohol. Over two hours, this wine wakes up and overcomes its “slothful” opening. Heavy raisins, with pepper, tobacco, chocolate and cherry themes emerge as this wine overtakes its twin Zins, Lust and Gluttony. Evolving complexity is supported by pleasant acidity and balanced tannins. Surrounds strong cheeses like gruyere with ample framework. If we had stopped at first whiff and sip, our rating would have been lower.