Wine Review: 2009 McCay Paisley Lodi Red Blend

Wine Review: 2009 McCay Paisley Lodi Red Blend, California

McCay Paisley Lodi Red Blend: In Lodi, some wines are real diamonds that are sometimes forgotten or were never discovered in the first place. This wine confirms Lodi has got it going on. I love the blend of these two Lodi specialties—Zinfandel and Petite Sirah. This wine Paisley delivers on a grand scale in the key of E for excellent. Full throttle flavors that are plush, luscious and racy all at the same time hitting high and low notes proficiently. Get it and groove on. Its smooth and polished, tasty and tight. It’s nice! Add Smoky BBQ sweet!

 McCay Paisley Lodi Red BlendRating: Excellent (92) | $30 | 14.8% ABV


About the Author:

Marc has held almost every position in the food & wine industry and is committed to Celebrating Hospitality with Pride. In addition to being the co-founder and editor-at-large for Enobytes, Marc is a wine blogger contributor to (Wine Bytes) and writes the Wine Knowledge column in the print magazine About Face. The Contra Costa County Times, San Jose Mercury News, Tacoma Times Tribune and Washington Post have either interviewed or quoted Marc on his viniferous and culinary opinions. Marc has also appeared on Portland's "Vine Time" on News Radio 750 KXL and on California's Central Coast "From the Growing of the Grape to the Glass" on KUHL-AM 1410. He is also the author of A History of Pacific Northwest Cuisine: Mastodons to Molecular Gastronomy. While continuing to tenaciously search for what he may finally proclaim as his favorite wine Marc is relentless in his quest for the ultimate food and wine experience.


  1. Gerry September 1, 2012 at 7:44 PM - Reply

    Very cool graphical review, I like it.

    • enobytes September 1, 2012 at 9:02 PM - Reply

      Hey, thanks Gerry appreciate the compliment.

  2. bali September 2, 2012 at 2:09 PM - Reply

    Excellent Merci!

  3. JenS September 5, 2012 at 9:11 PM - Reply

    Honestly, this “graphic review” looks a lot like (but not as well done) as the wine comics at Wakawaka Wine Reviews: – kind of a ripoff. She’s an original and a friend, and I was disappointed to see this. Consider featuring her work rather than pale imitations!

    • Pamela Heiligenthal September 6, 2012 at 9:33 PM - Reply

      Jen, thanks for stopping by and leaving a comment. Anyone can appreciate Wakawaka sketches but that is not what I do. I keep it simple with line drawings and typical wine geek terms to describe a wine visually to showcase a wine, a region, or a producer. I love to draw and have assiduously sketched many wine related depictions for 20+ years now. As the switch to more visualization takes place in books, blogs and the social media landscape, I am experimenting with visual depictions for wine reviews because I believe wine can be image driven as much as data driven; which is why I am using this media format to verify if it jives with our readers. I don’t consider it a ripoff as evident with the many inspirations to draw from, including The Drops Of God wine comic book and a myriad of online sites that draw line images here, here, here, here, here, here, here, here, here, here, and here. Its simply a way to communicate visually to an audience.

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