Michael David 6th Sense Syrah

Michael David Winery 6th Sense Syrah Lodi 2011: Although the chilly and challenging growing season of 2011 is making for a vintage of leaner, perhaps even occasionally thin wines from California’s more coastally influenced appellations, this syrah from the relatively warmer growing region of Lodi manages to remain opulent, with oak, bacon, smoke, tobacco, and herbs converging into a delicious glass.

The name is a nod to vineyard manager Kevin Phillips, who is the sixth generation of his family to be growing grapes on their property, which includes the syrah vineyard that was one of the state’s first for the Rhone Valley grape when planted in 1982. And when you’re done with the wine — which won “best in class” at last year’s state fair — spin the bottle and look inside to find Kevin’s eye staring back at you, making sure you enjoyed every last drop.


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