Ink-dark color; melange of dark fruit, vanilla, mint hint, bacon on robust nose; ripe blackberry, boysenberry, raspberry, chocolate, plum, pepper, spice, oak on generous palate—if you want a dark fruit flavor, you probably can find it somewhere in this dense, big wine.
Adequate tannin, nice acidity (3.48) balance the dark fruit jam. “Michael” and “David” are brothers Michael and David Phillips whose family has farmed fruits and vegetables in the Lodi region since the 1850s and cultivated wine grapes for almost 100 years. Michael and David are the fifth generation of grape-growers; the sixth generation recently joined the family business, with Kevin Phillips and Melissa Phillips Stroud part of the team. Family focus: quality wines with unique and eye catching labels.
Michael David Winery prides itself on some of the most progressive sustainable farming practices in the state. All the family’s 750 acres of vineyards are third-party certified; 100% of the Lodi-grown fruit crushed at Michael David winery has been certified sustainable since the 2011 vintage. My readers already know of my salutes to the big, juicy, full-flavored wines that also avoid oak-monster caricatures of big California efforts. MD continues to put Lodi on the wine map. $16
Michael David Winery website
Second photo: Michael, David Phillips