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2012 Rose' $18.00 a 750ml Bottle

2012 Tres Blanc (White Blend) $24.00 a 750ml Bottle

2011 Grenache $35.00 a 750ml Bottle

2011 Carignane $35.00 a 750ml Bottle

2011 Cabernet Franc $35.00 a 750ml Bottle

2010 Zinfandel $18.00 a 750ml Bottle

2010 Jupiter  Zinfandel $28.00 a 750ml Bottle

2010 Equity Zinfandel $28.00 a 750ml Bottle

2010 Trulux Zinfandel $32.00 a 750ml Bottle

2010 Contention Zinfandel $64.00 a 750ml Bottle

2010 Petite Sirah $25.00 a 750ml Bottle

2009 Jupiter  Zinfandel $28.00 a 750ml Bottle

2009 Truluck's Zinfandel $32.00 a 750ml Bottle

2009 Petite Sirah $25.00 a 750ml Bottle

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Winemaking Style

Sometimes in life, if we are really, really blessed we get to follow our passion. Wine and everything about it has been a passion of mine for decades. In the early 1980’s Linda (my wife) and I spent time exploring Northern California Wine Country. I tasted, watched and learned everything I could about the art of winemaking. Right from the beginning, I fell in love with a wine which has a tremendous sense of “presence and character”...ZINFANDEL. Zinfandel has the ability to show off many different levels of intensity, both in the nose and on the palate. 

I went to the University of Santa Barbara to get a degree in marine biology...huh life is funny sometimes. I soon figured out that I did not have a calling to the ocean. My passion for wine continued to grow. I first became a wine grape grower some twenty years ago and made my first wine in 1994. After making wine on many different levels and with several different Winemakers my family and friends encouraged me to produce my first public released Zinfandel in 2007. 

My goal is simple...to make a Zinfandel with a sense of presence and character that expresses the trueness of the vineyard. I believe that Lodi California has the perfect climate for Zinfandel. Lodi has beautiful heat in the summer and evenings that are cool with an average of 57 degrees at nighttime...perfect for Zinfandel. My wine making approach is “Hands On...Hands Off.” Hands on in the vineyard and hands off in the Winery. I look for certain and unique flavor profiles out of particular vineyards...it’s all about the terroir in the vineyard. The goal is to create the perfect balance between the vine and the fruit. In the cellar it’s all about Native Fermentation. Through the practice of Native Fermentation the terroir of the vineyard has a better chance of showing off it’s true characteristics. Currently, I am working with seven different Zinfandel vineyards, with the oldest vineyard being planted in 1909. These Zinfandel vineyards are scattered across Lodi from west to east, all with their own unique micro climates and individual sense of terroir.  The Winery’s production is typically in the range of 250 cases per vineyard. McCay Cellars is a small winery that is all about presence and character of it’s wines...Zinfandel Wine.

ENJOY...Michael McCay...

“Don’t be concerned about the storm, learn to dance in the rain”

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Tres Blanc 2011

 

Tres Blanc (Rhone White Blend) 

 

Enticing and vibrant on the nose, this Dry Rhone White Blend of Roussanne, Viognier and Grenache Blanc will appeal to those who enjoy the snappy taste of Grannysmith apples. Nuances of lime and Hibiscus add to the wine’s refreshing structure and appeal.

 

Appellation: Lodi, Harvest Date: Sept. 2011 Harvest Brix: various

Production: Stainless Steel,  Alcohol: 14.1 Residual Sugar: Dry

Bottling Date: 3/3/2012, Production: 49 cases 

Winemaker: Michael J McCay

 

$22.00 a 750ml Bottle

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Rose' 2011

This Rose’ is Carinagnae based with Grenache and Syrah. The Carinagnae vfneyard was planted in 1909 and give this Dry Rose’ a Strawberry, Stone Peach and Red Ruby Grapefruit profile. Well balanced in the palate this Rose’ pairs well with food and is the perfect companion on a summer afternoon. Native fermentation and produced in stainless steel.

Appellation: Lodi, Harvest Date: 9/22/2011, Harvest Brix: 22.6Alcohol: 12.49% Residual Sugar: Dry, Bottling Date: 3/3/2012, Production: 133 cases, Winemaker: Michael J McCay

$18.00 a 750ml Bottle please go to Store to Purchase

Best of Class Lodi Appellations 2012 California State Fair

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Jupiter Zinfandel 2009

Jupiter Zinfandel 2009 (Lodi)

A fruit forward nose, with Cola, Tabaco and Dry Sandalwood. Through the palate this Zinfandel shows, Black Cherry, Raspberry, Hazelnut and finishes with soft tannins. This Zinfandel is balanced through the palate with just the right amount of acidity. Great time and effort was spent to produce a Zinfandel with complexity, mouth appeal and a finish that lingers.

Appellation: Lodi Harvest Date: 9/14/2009 Harvest Brix: 24.2Harvest: 100% Jupiter Vineyard, 67 degree; Hand Picked; Finished picking 9amProduction: Native Fermentation in Macro bins, hand punched down, finished ML in the barrel Alcohol: 14.7 Residual Sugar: DryCooperage: 26 months in 100% French Oak Barrels, 22% New; 33% second & third fill; balance neutral Bottling Date: 11/14/2011 Production: 449 cases Winemaker: Michael J McCay

$28.00 a 750ml Bottle...please go to Store to purchase

Gold Medal 94pts 2012 California State Fair

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Paisley 2009 (Red Wine Blend)

Paisley 2008 (Red Wine Blend) Lodi  

Blend four different Zinfandels and Petite Sirah; Paisley is one of my favorite wines. FOODIE is how I describe this wonderful blend. Paisley has the ability to stand up tall when challenged by spicy food. Smooth elegant Jam/Berry up front fruit profile. A complex Wine with many layers and fruit under tones layered with soft tannins. This wonderful wine has the complexity of our Zinfandel’s along with the fruit driven flavors of our Petite Sirah. Blackberry, plum and hazel nut are just some of the aromas in this blend. The tannins are well balanced and layered.

Appellation: Lodi; Harvest Date: fall 2009; Harvest Brix: n/aAlcohol: 14.8%; Residual Sugar: Dry, Cooperage: 28 months in 100% French Oak Barrels, 24% New; 37% second & third fill; balance neutral; Bottling Date: 3/3/2012; Production: 123 cases, Winemaker: Michael J McCay    

$28.00 a 750ml Bottle...please go to Store to purchase

Best of Class Lodi Appellation Gold Medal 95pts 2012 California State Fair

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Truluck's Zinfandel 2009

Truluck's Zinfandel 2009 (Lodi) 

The 2009 vintage of Truluck's shows notes of Blackberry Black Cherry and Cola, and is fruit forward with a wonderful finish. Soft tannins with beautiful acid, this Zinfandel is a great compliment to food. This Zinfandel from the west side of Lodi, a vineyard with 80 year old vines inter-planted with 40 year old vines giving this Zinfandel beautiful structure with layers of fruit, showing balance through the palate. 

 

Appellation: Lodi Harvest Date: 9/17/2009 Harvest Brix: 24.4

Harvest: Truluck’s Vineyard, 64 degree; Hand Picked; Finished picking 9am

Production: Native Fermentation in Macro bins, hand punched down, finished ML in the barrel Alcohol: Residual Sugar: Dry

Cooperage: 26 months in 100% French Oak Barrels, 21% New; 33% second & third fill; balance neutral Bottling Date: 3/3/12 Production: 179 cases 

Winemaker: Michael J McCay

 

$32.00 a 750ml Bottle...please go to Store to purchase

 

Gold Medal 94pts 2012 California State Fair

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Contention Zinfandel 2010

2010 Contention Zinfandel Unfiltered with native fermentation Contention (definition; the act or an instance of striving in controversy or debate, an assertion put forward in argument) is 100% from this beautiful 80 year old head trained vineyard on the Westside of the Lodi AVA. This Zinfandel is a perfect representation of the terrior of the Vineyard. Sultry and complex with layer after layer are just the start of the beautiful wine. 

$64.00 a 750ml Bottle...please go to Store to purchase

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Equity Zinfandel 2008 SOLD OUT

Equity Zinfandel 2008

Grown in sandy loam soil with the traditional east/west planting of rows, helps give this vintage the perfect chance for the fruit to ripen in the late summer sun. Planted on the Eastside of the Lodi AVA and pruned with six to eight spurs per side. A very unusual trellis system is present in this 45 year old vineyard. Great time and effort have been spent in the field to produce this vintage.

Varietal: 88% Zinfandel; 7% Petite Sirah; 3% Jupiter 2009; 2% Truluck’s  2010

Tasting Notes: A soft and elegant vintage of Zinfandel. A wine with hints of Raspberry, Black Cherry,Hazel Nut with hints of prune/date gives this Zinfandel a wonderful finish. Great time and effort was spent to produce a Zinfandel with simple complexity. The finish is ever lingering and deserves time just to sit in the back of your palate. A perfumed nose, with dry sandalwood, soft vanilla-edged cherry and huckleberry, bolstered by fine, tight-knit tannins with wonderful Oak treatments. 

Appellation: Lodi, Harvest Date: 9/27/2008, Harvest Brix: 25.2, Harvest: 65 degree; Hand Picked; Early Morning; Finished by 9am, Alcohol: 14.5, Residual Sugar: Dry, Cooperage: 28 months in 100% French Oak Barrels, 23% New; 39% second & third fill;  balance neutral, Bottling Date: 2/25/11, Production: 148 cases, Winemaker: Michael J McCay

$24.00 a 750ml Bottle SOLD OUT

Double Gold Medal 2011 California Zinfandel Championships

Gold Medal 2011 Finger Lakes Intl Wine Competition, New York

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Petite Sirah 2008

2008 Petite Sirah;  Bruella Rd Vineyard

Grown in Lodi Sandy Loam soil with the traditional east/west planting of rows. This vineyard is located in the North/East corner of the Lodi/AVA. I have been farming this field for the past 15 years, which has given me the chance to understand the nuances of this particular field. This vineyard is typically grown to 4.5 tons per acre. This is the only vineyard we harvest fruit from on a trellis (vertical). Up front fruit profile, grown in sandy loam soil with the traditional east/west planting of rows, helps give this vintage the perfect chance for the fruit to ripen in the late summer sun. Pruned with six to eight spurs per side, great time and effort have been spent to produce this vintage. Notes of Blackberry, Cherry and Prune gives this vintage a fruitful forward nose.

Appellation: Lodi, Harvest Date: 10/5/2008, Harvest Brix: 25.1, Alcohol: 15.7%, Residual Sugar: Dry, Cooperage: 28 months in 100% French Oak Barrels, 28% New; 37% second & third fill; balance neutral, Bottling Date: 2/25/2011, Production: 113 cases, Winemaker: Michael J McCay

$24.00 a 750ml Bottle; 

Gold Medal California State Fair 2011
Gold Medal (93 pts) L A Intl Wine Competition 2011
Gold Medal 2011 Consumer Wine Awards

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Paisley 2008 SOLD OUT

Paisley, Blend Zinfandel/Petite Sirah

Paisley is one of my favorite wines. FOODIE is how I describe this wonderful blend. Paisley has the ability to stand up tall when challenged by spicy food. On the other hand, Paisley is a smooth elegant drinking wine with many layers and under tones. A blend of Petite Sirah and Zinfandel. This wonderful wine has the complexity of our Zinfandel’s along with the fruit driven flavors of our Petite Sirah. Blackberry, plum and hazel nut are just some of the aromas in this blend. The tannins are well balanced from start to finish.

Appellation: Lodi, Harvest Date: fall 2008, Harvest Brix: n/a, Alcohol: 14.8%, Residual Sugar: Dry, Cooperage: 30 months in 100% French Oak Barrels, 28% New; 37% second & third fill; balance neutral, Bottling Date: 2/25/2011, Production:  101 cases, Winemaker: Michael J McCay

$24.00 a 750ml Bottle; SOLD OUT

TOP 100 Wines of the Year San Francisco Chronicle 2011

Gold Medal 2011 Finger Lakes Intl. Wine Competition, New York

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Cabernet Franc 2008; LIBRARY WINE

CABERNET FRANC 2008, Grown in sandy loam soil with the traditional east/west planting of rows, helps give this vintage the perfect chance for the fruit to ripen in the late summer sun. Planted on the Westside of the Lodi AVA and pruned with six to eight spurs per side, great time and effort have been spent in the field to produce this vintage.

Varietal: 100% Cabernet Franc

Tasting Notes: A robust Cabernet Franc with an elegant finish. A wine with hints of Raspberry Black Cherry, Spice, Prune/Date are forward in the mouth with Earthy Tannins makes this Cabernet Franc a wonderful balanced and round palate finished wine. The finish is ever lingering and deserves time just to sit in the back of your palate. A Fruit Forward earthy/tannin wine with just the right amount of Oak 

  • Appellation: Lodi
  • Harvest Date: 10/12/2007
  • Harvest Brix: 25.8
  • Harvest: 67 degree; Hand Picked; Early Morning; Finished by 9am
  • Alcohol: 15.1
  • Residual Sugar: Dry
  • Cooperage: 28 months in 100% French Oak Barrels, 21% New; 42% second & third fill;  balance neutral
  • Bottling Date: 2/25/11
  • Production: 48
  • Winemaker: Michael J McCay

$38.00 a Bottle 750ml; (Limit 2)

Gold Medal 2011 Consumer Wine Awards

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Russian River Valley 2008

Russian River Valley, Zinfandel 2008

Grown in the North/Eastern portion of the Russian River Valley AVA. This is the only fruit we have sourced outside of the Lodi AVA...Say no more...

Varietal: 92% Zinfandel; 3% Petite Sirah; 3% Jupiter 2009; 2% Truluck’s  2010

Tasting Notes: An up front fruit profile, with an elegant finish. A Zinfandel with Black Cherry, Cola, Tobacco and hints of Chocolate. Great time and effort was spent to produce this Zinfandel. The finish is ever lingering and deserves time just to sit in the back of your palate. A perfumed up front nose, with Cherry/Cranberry through out, bolstered by fine, tight-knit tannins with wonderful Oak treatments.

  • Appellation: Russian River Valley AVA
  • Harvest Date: 9/22/2008
  • Harvest Brix: 25.1
  • Harvest: 65 degree; Hand Picked; Early Morning; Finished by 9am
  • Alcohol: 14.9
  • pH: 3.51
  • Total Acid: .60 g/100ml
  • Residual Sugar: Dry
  • Cooperage: 28 months in 100% French Oak Barrels, 27% New; 32% second & third fill;  balance neutral
  • Bottling Date: 2/25/11
  • Production: 144 cases
  • Winemaker: Michael J McCay

$28.00 750ml Bottle

Best of Class (94 pts) L A Intl Wine Competition 2011

90pts Wine Enthusiast Magazine 2012

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Truluck's Zinfandel 2007 LIBRARY WINE

Varietal: Zinfandel 100%

Winemaker’s Notes: Grown in Lodi Sandy Loam soil on the westside of the Lodi/AVA. This wonderful vineyard is all Head Trained 80 year old vines, with a portion of 40 year old vines inter-planted, producing some of the highest quality fruit in the AVA. This vineyard is typically farmed to 5 tons per acre in the sandy, sandy loam soil (reminds me of the beach).

Tasting Notes: A vintage with notes of blackberry pie, berry, notes of tobacco and a touch of chocolate, fruit driven with a wonderful balanced finish. Truluck’s hits the palate, the feel is svelte, fullsome, meaty and velvety.

  • Appellation: Lodi
  • Harvest Date: 9/25/2007
  • Harvest Brix: 25.2
  • Harvest: 68 degree; Hand Picked; Early Morning; Finished 9am
  • Alcohol: 14.5
  • Residual Sugar: Dry
  • Cooperage: 30 months in 100% French Oak Barrels, 31% New; 33% second & third fill; balance neutral
  • Bottling Date: 4/1/2010
  • Production: 154 cases
  • Winemaker: Michael J McCay

$42.00 a 750ml Bottle; (Limit 2)

Double Gold 2011 San Francisco Wine Competition

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Jupiter Zinfandel 2007 LIBRARY WINE

Varietal: Zinfandel 100%

Tasting Notes: A soft and elegant vintage of Zinfandel. A wine with hints of Raspberry, Black Cherry and Hazel Nut give this Zinfandel a wonderful finish. Great time and effort was spent to produce a Zinfandel with simple complexity. The finish is ever changing and deserves time just to sit in the back of your palate. A perfumed nose, with dry sandalwood, soft vanilla-edged cherry and huckleberry, bolstered by fine, tight-knit tannins.

  • Appellation: Lodi
  • Harvest Date: 9/12/2007
  • Harvest Brix: 24.9
  • Harvest: 67 degree; Hand Picked; Early Morning; Finished 9am
  • Alcohol: 14.9
  • Residual Sugar: Dry
  • Cooperage: 30 months in 100% French Oak Barrels, 29% New; 37% second & third fill; balance neutral
  • Bottling Date: 4/1/2010
  • Production: 123 cases
  • Winemaker: Michael J McCay

$38.00 a 750ml Bottle; (Limit 2)

Top 100 Wines of 2010, San Francisco Chronicle

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Petit Sirah 2007 SOLD OUT

Varietal: Petite Sirah 100%, Bruella Rd Vineyard

Winemaker’s Notes: Grown in Lodi Sandy Loam soil with the traditional east/west planting of rows. This vineyard is located in the North/East corner of the Lodi/AVA. I have been farming this field for the past 15 years, which has given me the chance to understand the nuances of this particular field. This vineyard is typically grown to 4.5 tons per acre. This is the only vineyard we harvest fruit from on a trellis (vertical).

Tasting Notes: Up front fruit profile, grown in sandy loam soil with the traditional east/west planting of rows, helps give this vintage the perfect chance for the fruit to ripen in the late summer sun. Pruned with six to eight spurs per side, great time and effort have been spent to produce this vintage. Notes of Blackberry, Cherry and Prune gives this vintage a fruitful forward nose.

  • Appellation: Lodi
  • Harvest Date: 10/30/2007
  • Harvest Brix: 25.5
  • Alcohol: 14.9
  • Residual Sugar: Dry
  • Cooperage: 28 months in 100% French Oak Barrels, 28% New; 37% second & third fill; balance neutral
  • Bottling Date: 4/1/2010
  • Production: 73 cases
  • Winemaker: Michael J McCay

$24.00 a 750ml Bottle; SOLD OUT

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