With great consideration our wines are handcrafted from start to finish. From the field to the bottle, we monitor every detail to make sure our wines are of the finest quality. In our opinion, Lodi has California’s best climate for producing wine grapes. The Mokelumne Rivers’s sandy loam soil along with the Delta’s cool breezes provide the perfect and unique environment for growing the best wine grapes in the world. McCay Cellars produces small case lots, typically less than two hundred cases per lot all in French Oak barrels. McCay Cellars is a small boutique family owned winery that takes great pride in producing California’s best wines.
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SF Chronicle...In Lodi, a hunt for vineyard soils that speak
“A Lodi resident and grape grower since the 1980s, McCay has been making his own wine commercially for the past five years, wines that head in the opposite direction of most of Lodi's recent doings - Zinfandels (plus some Cabernet Franc and Petite Sirah) that speak a bit more quietly, that dial back the oak and heighten fresh flavors. He often ferments his wine with indigenous yeasts (he finds they induce cooler fermentations and less volatility) in order to pursue his ultimate goal: highlighting the uniqueness of Lodi's vineyards, using Zinfandel as a medium.”
Jon Bonne’ SF Chronicle 9/9/12
Jupiter 2009 Zinfandel... "Fantastic representation of 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.
Enobytes.com Marc Hinton 8/29/12
San Francisco Chronicle TOP 100 Wines of 2011...Paisley Makes the LIST
2008 McCay Cellars Paisley Lodi Red ($24, 14.8%): Michael McCay is bringing nuance back to Lodi reds with this blend of Zin and Petite Sirah. The great bramble and dust of Zin, with a bit of balsam to enliven the dense black fruit. Robust and powerful but still retaining a subtlety that reminds you of what Lodi can do so well.
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Paisley 2008 (Red Wine Blend) / $24.00 a 750ml Bottle
Blend four different Zinfandels and Petite Sirah; $24.00 a 750ml Bottle
Winemaker’s Notes: Paisley is one of my favorite wines. FOODIE is how I describe this wonderful blend. Paisley has the ability to stand up tall when challenged by spicy food. Paisley has a smooth elegant Jam/Berry up front fruit profile. A complex Wine with many layers and fruit under tones layered with soft tannins.
Tasting Notes: A blend of Petite Sirah and Zinfandel. This wonderful wine has the complexity of our Zinfandel’s along with the fruit driven flavors of our Petite Sirah. Blackberry, plum and hazel nut are just some of the aromas in this blend. The tannins are well balanced and layered.
Appellation: Lodi; Harvest Date: fall 2008; Harvest Brix: n/a
Alcohol: 14.8%; pH: 3.55; Total Acid: .70 g/100ml; Residual Sugar: Dry
Cooperage: 30 months in 100% French Oak Barrels, 28% New; 37% second & third fill; balance neutral; Bottling Date: 2/25/2011; Production: 123 cases
Winemaker: Michael J McCay
Top 100 Wines of 2011 San Francisco Chronicle
Gold Medal 2011 Finger Lakes Intl. Wine Competition