Zinfandel of the Month is a new feature on Zinfandel Chronicles. For background please see the first installment published last October. Keep in mind that although the Zinfandel of the Month might be an older bottle, the current vintage will be one you can find at retail or via the mailing list.
The June Zinfandel of the Month is the 2011 McCay Cellars Faith.
Michael McCay, owner of McCay Cellars, has a simple goal: to make wine with a sense of presence and character that expresses the trueness of the vineyard. Michael is a relative newcomer to Lodi. 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 McCay Cellars in 2007.
Crimson in color. 14.3% ABV. Lot 13 Vineyard is in Lodi and the vines date back to 1915. Red fruits, cocoa, white pepper and flowers on the nose. Sweet and jammy on the palate. Rich and full bodied with perfect acidity. Great flavors of strawberry, raspberry and huckleberry. Totally fruit driven and absolutely delicious. Drink over the next 2-4 years. $32 at the winery.
My rating: 92 points.
McCay Cellars is located on the North side of Lodi, CA. Lodi is approximately 30 miles south of Sacramento off of CA-99 freeway. The tasting room is open Thursday thru Monday from 11am to 5pm.
I wrote about McCay Cellars previously in Three Zinfandels From McCay Cellars.
This review was based on a sample provided by the winery.
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