It really was like true luck when this zinfandel fell into my lap. Next year will mark the 40TH anniversary of my discovery of Lodi wines. It was a short drive from Castle AFB to the vineyards of Lodi and this wine speaks of the specific terroir that this AVA can bring to the table.
Boysenberries and cinnamon are apparent on the nose. Balance between the soft tannins and adequate acidity are a trait McCay wines seem to have a good handle on. Tasting the forward fruit flavors of ripe plums, dark berries and a nuance of vanilla from the oak regimen made me hungry so I headed to the smoker to produce some culinary magic—cherry wood smoked chicken basted in Tapatio sauce with end of the season local corn on the cob. Hey, these are bold flavors just right for a big wonderful Lodi Zinfandel.