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From: Dezel Quillen
McCay Cellars “Lot 13 Vineyard” 2012 Tempranillo (SRP $28): Mouth-filling yet supple, soft, and very fragrant, this wine features flavors redolent of black cherries, cherry cordial, and plum. The medium-long finish is marked by touches of brown spice and sweet red berry fruit. It is nicely streamlined, well-balanced, and a great dinner companion. Approximately 179 cases of this wine were produced. Delicious juice! Region: Lodi, California (Other info: ABV 14.3%, native fermentation, cork enclosure).
2011 McCay Cellars Zinfandel Jupiter – Light ruby red in color. 14.8% ABV. Red fruits, licorice, pepper and flowers on the nose. Light in body and somewhat tart with crisp acidity. Raspberry compote, strawberries, currants and cranberries on the palate. Subtle but ever present tannins. Polished, with a long finish. Lots to like here. Drink over the next 2-3 years. $28 at the winery. My rating: 91 points.
2011 McCay Cellars Zinfandel Equity – Deep purple in color. 14.4% ABV. Black fruits, plums and pepper on the nose. Medium body with just the right amount of acidity. Blackberries, black cherries, vanilla, figs and pepper on the palate. Should be a great food wine. Think pizza or barbecue. Ready to drink. $28 at the winery. My rating: 90 points.
2011 McCay Cellars Zinfandel Trulux – Dark crimson in color. 14.6% ABV. From 80 year old vines on the west side of the Lodi AVA. Bright red fruits, vanilla and pepper on the nose. Rich, lush and supremely concentrated. Jammy on the palate with raspberries, marionberries, plums and a dark cocoa. The finish is long and decadent. $32 at the winery. My rating: 92 points.
It’s always nice reading something nice about our little corner of the wine world. I’ll share some of the blog posts and articles that I come across from time to time.
Fred Swan, who writes an excellent blog (norcalwine.com/blog), shares his notes on some of the Rhone varietals, including a few from Lodi’s McCay Cellars, that he tasted at the Rhone Rangers event last month...
Really a fun, low key and friendly winery. We suggest McCay be on your next stop when visiting the Lodi Wine Region...