Michael David Winery Ancient Vine Cinsault 2013: In 1885, the Statue of Liberty just arrived in America, and Joseph Spenker planted the Bechtold Vineyard in Lodi. Turns out both are still going. That 25-acre vineyard is divvied up to stars like Turley and Scholium Project, but most of it goes to owners The Phillips Family, aka Michael and David.
While the Phillips might be best known for big mass-market pleasers like 7 Deadly Zins, this bottling is their only single-vineyard designate, and for good reason — there’s nothing else like it. A Rhône varietal typically used for blending, it offers a fascinating suppleness with bright berry flavors. Think of it as grenache heading to pinot noir. History never tasted this delicious.