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With great consideration our wines are handcrafted from start to finish. From the field to the bottle, we monitor every detail to make sure our wines are of the finest quality. In our opinion, Lodi has California’s best climate for producing wine grapes. The Mokelumne Rivers’s sandy loam soil along with the Delta’s cool breezes provide the perfect and unique environment for growing the best wine grapes in the world. McCay Cellars produces small case lots, typically less than two hundred cases per lot all in French Oak barrels. McCay Cellars is a small boutique family owned winery that takes great pride in producing California’s best wines.

The Story....

Michael McCay, owner of McCay Cellars, says he has a simple goal: to make wine with a sense of presence and character that expresses the trueness of the vineyard. Unlike many of his colleagues in Lodi who are multigenerational farmers, Michael is a relative newcomer. He has only farmed there for 35 years. He came to Lodi in the early 1980s, planted a vineyard, started making wine in 1994, and launched the McCay Cellars label in 2007...

From the Cellar

Equity Zinfandel 2010 rating of 91 points from Wine Enthusiast Virginie Boone

Wine Enthusiast

An Eastside Lodi Zin classic with its retention of high acidity and tight tannins, this is a complex wine with spicy leather, black tea and bright raspberry flavors. Elegant, soft and extremely drinkable, it has a smooth mid-palate that lingers to the finish—a parting gift of cherry and vanilla that’ll keep you coming back for more.

2/1/2014 — 91 points by Virginie Boone

Equity...91 pts

One sip of this fine elixir from McCay Cellars and Lodi Zinfandel should earn some equity in your cellar well at least a bottle placement or two. Wines of this pedigree are not all that common these days and Lodi should be getting a little more love from wine consumers who appreciate a Zinfandel with finesse. The initial aromas are reminiscent of a late harvested fruit smoothie made with blackberry, sweet Oregon cherry, hazelnut and a hint of figs. On the palate it is a texturally pleasing wine that is lush, plush and sensual. The big berry swirl flavor continues to come through all the way to the long lingering finish making this a perfect match for fall tailgating grill items and slow smoked southern BBQ. For a blockbuster experience that emanates the soul of Lodi, grab a bottle of this McCay Zin and share it with love.   288 cases produced.

Rating: Excellent (91) | $32 | 14.4% ABV