The Kings of Lodi

For brothers Michael and David Phillips, growing grapes has been their family passion and livelihood for five generations but it wasn’t until this fifth generation that they started using those grapes to make their own wine. In 1984 they founded Michael David Winery in Lodi, an area of California that has been producing wine for well over a century but was viewed as a lesser region. Thanks to Michael’s and David’s tireless work over the last two decades, though, Lodi is now mentioned in the same breath as Napa and Sonoma.
 
Michael David’s flagship wine is Seven Deadly Zins, a blended Zinfandel made with grapes from seven of Lodi’s best vineyards that is so captivating, no one can refuse it. Primarily sold in large, retail chain stores, some wine drinkers have unfortunately dismissed it as just another generic wine. Don’t let the wide distribution and lower price tag fool you, though, Seven Deadly Zins is just as creative and artisan as any other wine we carry.
 
While Seven Deadly Zins may be what Michael David is best known for, their team of talented winemakers produces an excellent line of luxury wines as well. Continuing the play on the seven deadly sins, each of these wines is named after one of the infamous sins. We have it on good authority, though, that merely drinking the wine is not, itself, a sin. These wines are available throughout the state of Ohio for $79.99.
 
Gluttony Zinfandel
Zinfandel with some Petite Sirah & Syrah blended in
 
Gluttony is a wine that pulls no punches. It’s made with grapes from a five acre hilltop vineyard just outside of Lodi known for producing some of California’s biggest, burliest Zinfandels. Big, smoky, and hugely fruit-forward, it possesses blueberry notes with a clear tobacco character on the finish.
 
Sloth Zinfandel
Zinfandel with some Petite Sirah & Syrah blended in
 
While the grapes used to make Sloth come from California’s Mendocino region, the wine is made in Lodi using the same techniques as Michael David’s other wines. With notes of blueberry pie, a handful of earth, and spicy cinnamon on the finish, this Zinfandel is fleshy and full and thick as syrup.
 
Rage Zinfandel (92 Points, Wine Spectator)
Zinfandel with some Petite Sirah blended in
 
Medium purple in color with aromas of blackberry, black raspberry, and vanilla, Rage possesses nice dark cherry and blackberry fruit flavors with cracked black pepper and moderate tannins. The grapes for this unique wine come from the Dry Creek Valley in Sonoma, known for its rocky red soils and hillside slopes which give the wine its nice peppery edge.
 
Lust Zinfandel
Zinfandel with some Petite Sirah blended in
 
Each year only the most outstanding small lots are isolated from the over 100 produced at Michael David to bottle as Lust. Black as night in the glass with a very slight oral note contrasts a core of pure fruit aromas, this wine is dense and rich, but elegant. The fruit predominates, but the oak showcases the lusty chocolate, cherry truffle.
 
Rapture Cabernet Sauvignon
Cabernet Sauvignon with some Petite Sirah blended in
 
Intense and perfumed with sensual black current and sweet herb, Rapture represents the very best Cabernet Sauvignon by Michael David. On the nose, a blackberry aroma with flourishes of blueberry, black tea, cola, and cedary oak while on the palate there is a velvety, broad, full feel without being heavy or harsh, and the enriching sensations of sweet oak filling out a lavish sense of richness.
 
 
In addition to these wines named after the seven deadly sins, Michael David also produces a luxury wine line named Inkblot. These wines are a study in balance: intense yet complex; rich on the attack, yet very elegant. It comes in three varietals and can be found throughout the state for $49.99.
 
Inkblot Cabernet Franc
Cabernet Franc with small amounts of Cabernet Sauvignon & Petite Sirah blended in
 
One of the few Cabernet Francs produced in Lodi, this wine is ready to drink now or could be set down for a few years. It displays a pronounced perfume with notes of raspberries, black currant, violet, and graphite.
 
Inkblot Petit Verdot
Petit Verdot with a small amount of Petite Sirah blended in
 
Due to the high level of tannin, color, and concentration, this wine is at the top of its class year and year. It’s ready to drink now or could be set down for a few years. This Petite Verdot displays an abundance of soft tannnis, raspberry preserves, Dutch cocoa, and anise.
 
Inkblot Tannat
100% Tannat
 
The Tannat varietal originated in southwestern region of France and is known for its high tannin levels, raspberry aromas, and dark color. Only roughly 140 acres of Tannat vineyards are currently planted in California, including the five acre farm in the southeastern edge of Lodi which grew the grapes for this wine.
 
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