BRUNELLO’S NOSE KNOWS….
Michael David Wines!
One of our favorite wineries here at the store is Michael David of Lodi, California. Every time we visit Lodi, we stop by the winery with a few of our customers. May is Michael David month here at Ed’s, and the weekend of Friday, May 18 and Saturday the 19th we will be featuring all of their wines, with catering.
Michael and David Phillips are two brothers whose family has been farming the Lodi region since the 1850’s, and growing grapes for over a hundred years. The Phillips brothers produce uncommon varietals in a series called Ink Blot including Tannat, Cabernet Franc and Petite Verdot. This wine is typical of the Michael David style, it is “inky” looking in the glass, the kind of wine that stains your teeth purple- even my white fur gets some color! The Ink Blot series stems from these blending varietals, referring to the psychological Rorschach “ink blot” test- because the Phillips brothers have often been referred to as crazy! Well, not really, the brothers decided to devote vineyards and special bottling’s to these varietals and let you guess what the “blot” on the label is. There is very limited production and we are lucky to see three Ink Blot varietals; Petite Verdot, Cabernet Franc, and Tannat here in Florida, all at Ed’s Fine Wines.
In addition to the Ink Blot series, there is a series of higher tier wines, with even lower production, based on the brothers Catholic school upbringing referring to sins- RAPTURE; Cabernet blended with Petite Sirah, LUST; Zinfandel with some Petite Sirah, SLOTH; Zinfandel based with Petite Sirah and Syrah, GLUTTONY; Zinfandel with Petite Sirah and Syrah, and RAGE; Zinfandel with Petite Sirah. These are full of intense fruit that are indicative of the vineyard sites each are sourced from.
The Flagship “7 Deadly Zins” is a red Zinfandel, full and rich with hints of black cherry and leather. There is the “6th Sense Syrah” in the series that has its own unique flavor profile, different from the Petite and the Earthquake wines. The “Earthquake” series are based on vineyards that run along a fault line in the middle of their Lodi property. We will also feature the famous “Freakshow” Cabernet Sauvignon, Red Blend, and “Petite Petit” circus label.
The white wine side of Michael David winery features a lovely Chardonnay and Sauvignon Blanc, both underwent label changes in recent vintages. Try the clean crisp Sauvignon, and the creamy, apple and pear flavored Chardonnay.
All Michael David wines are produced using sustainable agriculture, and certified “Green” by Lodi, CA appellation standards. This is a terrific family making well-crafted wines in many different price categories. Please come join us either Friday night, or Saturday, May 18 and 19 as we will also be raffling a “Freakshow Bicycle”- every bottle you purchase gets you a raffle ticket- don’t miss out on the fun!
By Brunello Giancola as told to CRBrown