Wine Review: 2009 McCay Jupiter Lodi Zinfandel

Wine Review: 2009 McCay Jupiter Lodi Zinfandel

McCay Jupiter Lodi Zinfandel: This is a fantastic representation of Zinfandel from a location that I have four decades of history with and this wine does Lodi proud. The wine starts a journey of complex layered berryliciousness that moves down the road at a leisurely pace fulfilling hopes and dreams as the flavor train proceeds on a path of enlightenment.

Get your ticket soon and take the McCay flavor train to pleasure town.

Wine Review: 2009 McCay Jupiter Lodi Zinfandel

Rating: Excellent (91) | $28 | 14.7% ABV

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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. Desiree September 4, 2012 at 10:41 AM - Reply

    This sounds like our wine fanatics would love this recommendation on Get on the site and spread your wine knowledge to a global audience.

    • enobytes September 4, 2012 at 8:13 PM - Reply

      Cheers! We are already global. Regardless, I’ll be certain to check out the site.

  2. Meg September 5, 2012 at 9:30 PM - Reply

    What’s the deal with these little comics you’ve been posting? They’re total rip-offs of Hawk WakaWaka Wine reviews (! At first I thought it was just a coincidence, but this one is so obviously stolen from her, even in terms of the language you’re using in the text, I’m literally stunned! I expected better from a site with as much respect as yours has in the industry. I’d be curious to know why you think this is acceptable behavior? I mean, if someone was stealing your work and passing it off as their own, wouldn’t you be really upset about that? I’m very confused by this. I’d really like to hear an explanation, if you don’t mind posting one? Thanks.

    • Pamela Heiligenthal September 6, 2012 at 9:08 PM - Reply

      Hi Meg, I give you kudos for supporting friends. I’ve been in plenty of situations where ideas were stolen, and it is appreciated when friends come to the rescue. But I take issue with your obvious attack of plagiarism accusations. Did I create the image? Yes. Are they similar in style? Yes. Is this a coincidence? Yes. Are we both artists? Yes. Is this acceptable behavior? You mean to be creative? Yes. Did I steal language? Huh? The graphic represents an original, well-written and thoughtful review from the author using well-known wine industry terms and components. Words such as balanced, complex, layered, finish, flavors, aromas, fruit, acid and tannins are all typical wine geek terms to describe a wine. And line drawings are not original as evident from the myriad of online sites that create them here, here, here, here, here, here, here, here, here, here, here, and here. Should I expect a call from the Wine Spectator accusing me of using their wine review format as well?

  3. Meg September 7, 2012 at 2:20 PM - Reply

    Well, first of all, I’m not sure the answer to “are we both artists” is actually YES. Because it looks to me like you used a computer for a large portion of each of these. Certainly, the fonts for the lettering are coming from a computer, not being drawn by hand (it’s obvious from the perfect spacing and the fact each individual letter is IDENTICAL throughout the font, down to the tiniest little serif or fill pattern), and even the pictoral elements look like clip art to me (especially the raspberries and the “admit one” tickets). Even if you developed the font yourself, I think in general few people would consider this “art” on a par with Hawk’s work. If I give you the benefit of the doubt and assume you developed the computer font yourself, I still don’t understand why you would use a computer to create these. Developing a computer font is certainly an artistic thing to do, but using it in what is supposed to look like a hand-drawn work makes little artistic sense to me. Why not just hand-draw the letters to make it look and feel more authentically created, if you were able to create the font yourself in the first place? The fact you aren’t even doing “real” artwork here just makes it feel even more like a cheap knock-off.

    I’m sorry you were offended by my comments, but I hope that instead of dismissing the concerns people are expressing lately in regards to the similarities between these pieces and Hawk’s, you’ll take them to heart instead and try to do something unique. If you’re a true “artist,” then the fact so many people are talking about this this week ought to be enough to make you WANT to take a second look at what you’re creating and try to take it in a new direction (it’s not just me who has noticed this, by the way — and I think you’re only going to continue to hear about this as people continue to post about the startling similarities between the two works all over social media platforms, which is happening already. And it’s not isolated to Hawk’s personal friends, but also coming simply from her fans, many of whom emailed her to erroneously congratulate her on getting hired to do comics for your blog when they saw these start to go up. Is that really the reaction to your work you WANT? If not, then why continue in this direction?).

    I can think of a half a dozen ways you could make these works look more original and creative. I hope you’re talented enough to also think of them. You might start by not making them look so obviously computer-made, for example. Just saying black and white line drawings aren’t original in concept isn’t enough to make it clear your work IS, though. You should know better than that. Because there’s a distinctive style at play here that is beyond methods and materials, and it’s that style that is being copied so obviously to me and to others. I can see it when I look at the other line drawings you link to — how unique Hawk’s style truly is, and how unique the styles of some of those other works are (many of the ones you linked to are incredibly simple and bear no resemblance to Hawk’s work at all). That you claim to be an artist and yet don’t seem to see these differences yourself surprises me.

    As for the suggestion this is mere “coincidence,” by the way, I have a really hard time believing that. Hawk’s work has been all over the place in the biz lately — you can’t possibly have avoided seeing it, especially since she recently won a Wine Blog Award, and your blog has been a finalist for awards from the same organization.

    Instead of being so defensive, I hope you’ll take some pride in your talents and try to create something more YOU in your future works. I do thank you for taking the time to reply to me with an explanation. It’s just that I don’t find your explanation very satisfying. It’s a whole bunch of excuses and not a lot of concern for the opinions people have of your work. You want people to admire your talent and the work you’re doing — so, do something admirable. That’s all I’m saying.

    Best of luck to you and I hope to see new art from you on this site in the future that has something new and authentically artistic to express, instead of something simply computer-generated and aped.

  4. Meg September 7, 2012 at 2:27 PM - Reply

    Oh, sorry, I think I got the Wine Blog Award thing wrong — I can’t remember if she WON the award or was simply nominated. But in any case, the upshot of that point is the same — I don’t believe you have not seen her work and that the similarities here are mere coincidence.

  5. Wes June 25, 2017 at 8:48 PM - Reply

    Nothing is original. Nice graphics, by the way

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