Michael McCay and his family have farmed in Lodi for 20 plus years. Michael came to Lodi in the mid 1980s, started making wine in 1994 and launched the McCay Cellars label in 2007. From the beginning, Michael’s winemaking style has involved native fermentation...discovering and exploring the layers and trueness of this "old world style" winemaking. Concentrating on Zinfandel and Rhone varietals has become a passion at McCay Cellars.
Lodi has some of 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 wine grapes. Lodi's beautiful hot days during the summer months along with cool nights (an average of 57 degrees) help Lodi offer a wonderful climate for wine grapes…especially Zinfandel and Rhone varietals.
McCay Cellars produces small case lots, typically less than four hundred cases per lot (total production 4500 cases). McCay Cellars is a small boutique family owned winery that takes great pride in producing California’s best award winning wines. Michael McCay, owner/winemaker simply states his goal; “to make wine with a sense of presence that expresses the character and trueness of the vineyard”.
The Tasting Room (Palate Room)
1370 E Turner Rd, Lodi, CA 95240
Hours: Thursday thru Monday 11:00am to 5:00pm
From the Cellar
Equity Zinfandel 2010 rating of 91 points from Wine Enthusiast Virginie Boone
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
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.