2007 Michael & David Vineyards "7 Deadly Zins" Lodi Zinfandel
90 points and featured in the "Fifty Super Domestic Wine Values" from Robert Parker: "The 2007 7 Deadly Zins is a knock-out bargain. Aged completely in American oak, it is loaded with berry fruit, pepper, spice, and earth characteristics. This rich, full-bodied, opulent, luscious Zinfandel can be drunk now and over the next several years. Another reliable name for consumers to remember is Michael-David Wines." (08/09) And, according to the Connoisseurs' Guide to California Wine: "Here is further proof of the learned hand that the Phillips brothers are now bringing to Lodi fruit. It is as if they have said, 'Lodi has a taste profile and we are going to let it show rather than to try to change it'. Their reds, especially their Zinfandels, have a rich, lush quality and a tilt to chocolaty goodness, and they provide no apology for not mimicking their brethren from the coast. This may not be a classic Zinfandel in the style we have come to know, but its very popularity and its depth of character make it interesting and its ability to stand up to long-cooked meats like carnitas suggest that it is worthy of a second glance." (05/09) Blended from seven of Lodi's superior vineyards, this Zinfandel is a consistent bargain of a robust red, ready for the hardiest of dishes on your table.