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The Phillips family has been farming since our Great Great Grandfather Andrew Harshner and his wife Lucille homesteaded 160 acres near the town of Lodi, following the Civil War in the 1860's. The region's natural affinity for grape growing quickly became evident, and by the turn of the century (the last one), twenty-five percent of California's grape acreage was in Lodi. A generation later saw the demise of many pioneering wineries in the state.
Originally devoted to vegetables, the Phillips' farms evolved to include many different fruits, including fifteen different wine varietals that were shipped throughout the country during Prohibition with instructions on "how not to have the grapes turn into wine". Thereby, Prohibition was good for Lodi growers, with families everywhere keeping up the tradition of wine with meals by ordering these grapes and "juice" to be bottled at home.
These days, Michael and David Phillips represent the fifth generation of growers in Lodi, and things are changing. With 350 acres of premium wine grapes, there is plenty of room for experimentation and innovation. The vineyards are irrigated by the Mokelumne River, which carries crystal-clear water from the Sierra Nevada Mountains, depositing minerals into the rich soils upon which the grapes thrive. Though not certified organic, Michael~David Vineyards strives to use all natural methods including integrated pest management, beneficial insects for pest control, trellising, leaf pulling and natural mined sulfur for mildew control.
Michael~David Vineyards uses only some ten percent of their total harvest for their own production. Their varieties include Syrah, Merlot, Zinfandel, Cabernet Sauvignon, Viognier, Roussanne, Chardonnay and Symphony. Because of the contract production, there is a clear advantage to being able to hand-select specific clusters of grapes to go into their own production. All the wines that Michael~David Vineyards produces remain true to their varietal characteristics. The family is proud of the many medals the wines have earned in international competitions.
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Michael David Earthquake Zinfandel 2013
This wine packs so much vibrant fruit, you'll think the Kool-Aid Man just burst through the wall and punched you in the face! Jam packed with crushed strawberry and dark summer fruit (plum, blackberry, cherry) with a velvety full mouth feel. Vanilla and baking spices round out the finish with ... more
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Michael David Inkblot Cabernet Franc 2013
The first Lodi Cabernet Franc wine ever produced by Michael David Winery and one of the few produced from Lodi. Black cherry on the mid-palate, and a bit of graphite on the finish with a touch of vanilla. It shows complex aromas of freshly crushed fruit (blackberry and plum), pepper ... more
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Michael David Freakshow 2014
Aromas of Blackberry cobbler, toasted walnuts, espresso bean and hints of brandy. The wine is weighty with a velvet-like texture boasting flavors of ripe brambleberry jam, toffee, and dark chocolate mousse followed by wisps of pipe tobacco and mesquite. more
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Michael David Rapture Cabernet Sauvignon 2013
The 2013 vintage of Rapture opens up with a bright, fruit laden bouquet of sweet blackberry, black currant and subtle hints of oak. Medium bodied, the wine shows flavors of dark raspberry, spiced plum and integrated toasty oak notes. The wine finishes dry with a lingering, velvet like finish. more
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Michael David Earthquake Cabernet Sauvignon 2014
Juicy, rich, bold, and filled to the brim with decadent black fruits. A hint of sweet vanilla and spice, this wine is smooth sailing but finishes with a punch of tobacco and toffee. more
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Michael David Petite Petit 2014
The dark, inky wine that fills your glass of Petite Petit will capture you at first whiff! Brimming with aromas of dark fruit, vanilla bean and cocoa, this wine packs one jammy punch. Abundant fruit flavors and rich tannins create an exquisite blend of Petite Sirah and Petit Verdot. more
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Michael David Freakshow Red Blend 2014
Like Bosco himself, our Freakshow Red is a mash-up of man meets wild! Syrah's untamed and mysterious allure is refined and polished with the addition of Petite Sirah and just a splash of Souzao.
Aromas of Blackberry cobbler, toasted walnuts, espresso bean and hints of brandy. The wine is weighty ... more
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