Small Lot Petite Sirah
I am always on
the hunt for great big Cali reds that offer great value and the big reds coming
out of McCay Cellars from Lodi are the most exciting value reds I have
discovered this year. Check out their Zin as well. This marvelously rich yet
breathtakingly supple old vine Petite Sirah is selling at the winery for $26.
We can offer it at $16.99. This is a big red wine lovers dream at the price. If
you donâ€™t know Petite Sirah, this is your opportunity, nothing to do with
Shiraz or Syrah. The 2010 McCay Cellars Petite
Sirah is full bodied, brimming
with fruit, awesome concentration and cashmere smooth. Priced right, 90pts and
ready to go.
What are the
odds of rolling dice and coming up with back-to-back #7â€™s? Well according
to those folks in Las Vegas, itâ€™s 36 to 1! But for us at Grapeswine, it
simply came with the very second roll, beating all bettorâ€™s odds!. As
luck would have it, weâ€™ve acquired another winner from MacCay Cellars; and from
the very same 2010 vintage, one that continuously receives huge press â€“
especially for reds.
the San Francisco Bay and the Sierra Nevada Mountains lies Lodi, a wine
region whoâ€™s Mediterranean-like climate of warm days soothed by delta breezes,
coupled with diverse soils, grows some of the Californiaâ€™s best red varietals.
By birth, McCay Cellars has been a small boutique winery that takes pride in
producing Lodiâ€™s best wines. Equally so, they produce the highest quality
varietals in small case lots (typically less than three hundred cases per
lot)! Michael McCay (pictured) had been making wine since 1994,
and with 20 harvests of experience, his closest family and friends were
consistent in their encouragement that he start selling his wine under his own
label (that milestone happened in 2007). So with great consideration, he began
producing wines that were handcrafted from start to finish. Ergo, from the
field to the bottle, Michael monitors everything in detail to ensure that his
wines are of the finest quality. McCay professes that â€śLodi is perfect for
Rhone varietals, especially for my own Old-World style of winemaking.â€ť
(known as Durif in France) has been traced to the Franceâ€™s RhĂ´ne Valley
wine producing region. However, from there it made its long journey to
California â€“ now its â€śtrue homeâ€ť â€“ winding up in pockets of Sonoma,
Napa, and in Lodi where old vines stand in very small numbers. The
important thing, to note is the kind of wines that these ancient, gnarly
trunked, largely dry-farmed, head pruned bushes produce: the
essence-of-blueberry, Petite Sirahs, all wrapped up in wonderfully round,
smooth tannins. McCay Cellarsâ€™ Petite Sirah encompasses all of this and at a
price that is hard to ignore!
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.â€ť â€“ Michael McCay
â€śThis juicy and fruity wine is a
blend of just slightly more than half Zinfandel, the rest Petite Sirah. Itâ€™s
full of ripe black and red fruit, with structured tannins that teeter on the
edge of being overwhelmingâ€”until the finish gives exactly the right hit of
spice.â€ť â€” 90
pts. Viginia Boone / Wine Enthusiast (12/1/2012).
â€śThis is the
way we like our Petit Sirah. Full bodied. Deep rich teeth staining purple
color. Big Boysenberry nose. Some judicious oak with serious ripe blue fruit.
Just enough tannin and acid to keep things in balance. Some graphite and sharp
blue fruit on the finish. Delightful.â€ť â€“CellarTracker
This hand-picked wine is ready to
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