Michael David Winery Earthquake Petite Sirah 2011
Petite Sirah from California
A gigantic mouthful of sinewy tannins, Earthquake Petite is big and generously loaded with dark plum and raspberry flavors. A highway of bittersweet chocolate and tar circle through the sizeable finish. Drink it with rich, hearty food.
The Wine Advocate - "The outstanding 2011 Earthquake Zin (100% Zinfandel; 15,000 cases produced) was aged for 10 months in French oak. Peppery and spicy with plenty of berry fruit (cherries and raspberries) intertwined with dusty, loamy soil, incense and a Provencal garrigue-like note jump from the glass of this impressive wine."
Michael David Winery
Michael and David Phillips represent the fifth generation of growers in Lodi, and things are changing. With 500 acres of premium wine grapes, there is plenty of room for experimentation and innovation.
The vineyards are irrigated by the Mokelumne River, which carries crystal-clear water from the Sierra Nevada Mountains, depositing minerals into the rich soils upon which the grapes thrive. Though not certified organic, Michael~David Winery strives to use all natural methods including integrated pest management, beneficial insects for pest control, trellising, leaf pulling and natural mined sulfur for mildew control. We are six generations of winegrowers specializing in hand-crafted Rhone varietals as well as Lodi's famous Old Vine Zinfandels. View all Michael David Winery Wines
About Other California
California has nearly 100 American Viticulture Areas (AVAs) and accounts for almost 90% of wine production in the United States. In our section of Other California, we include wines from smaller AVAs as well as wines from the California AVA. Here are a few smaller AVAs you may see on the label:
Livermore Valley AVA, located right outside of San Francisco and home to wineries such as Wente.
Lodi County AVA, an AVA further east of San Francisco and known for its excellent, old-vine Zinfandels.
San Francisco Bay AVA, a sprawling AVA that covers Contra Costa, Santa Clara and Santa Cruz counties, to name a few. Wine that holds only the California AVA is typically a wine that includes grapes from a number of different AVAs, which leads to the general labeling of the wine as California. This does not denote the quality of the wine, only the diversity of where the grapes originate.
About CaliforniaIt's not rare to see a wine's country of origin listed as "California." A country into itself in the wine world, California makes enough varieties and styles to match many European wine countries. It produces a diverse range of wines that span the quality spectrum.
The most famous of the California wine regions is Napa Valley, and these wines are certainly outstanding – but it's not as broad and diverse as its larger neighbor, Sonoma County. Down south, Santa Barbara's Santa Maria Valley is well-known for its Rhône blends, as well as cool-climate varieties like Pinot and Chardonnay. The Central Coast, the largest California AVA, has many different microclimates that lead to a wide range of wines with many sub-AVAs.
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4 ratings, 4 with reviewsFour Putt - Birmingham, AL47/22/2014
Dark and chewy with a nice finish. Great with beef. Will buy againD-Mac - Glendora, CA46/28/2014
- Earth & Spicy
Pop & pour revealed VERY nice potential, but had a lot of heat on the finish due to the % of alcohol. Better after decanting an hour later; improve even more about 4 hours later. After 6 hours and even tasting again the next day, it was absolutely AMAZING!!! Dense blackberry fruit with mild black pepper notes, plum, licorice, velvety dark chocolate, smoked meats and tar. Jammy, but finishes dry, with superb tannins and fine balance. I came back to buy more but DANG IT!!! Sold out for now (as of 6/28/2014). If you can find it, get it. Excellent value for the experience. PS. Big thumbs up too from the boys at the bachelor party. ;)Kerosene - Hopkins, MN56/11/2014
- Big & Bold
Wow, this was good! Inky, chewy, expressive, unique, . Excellent value rivaling much more expensive wines of different varieties.m2man - Monroe, WA55/10/2014
- Earth & Spicy
Chocolatey Coco Puff goodness. A great Petite Sirah. Heavy. Velvety. Yummy. Drinks great now (5/14). Drinks better than the 2010 even.
- Rich & Creamy
Alcohol By Volume GuideMost wine ranges from 10-16% alcohol by volume. Some varietals tend to have higher (for example Zinfandel and Cabernet Sauvignon) or lower alcohol levels (Pinot Noir and many white varietals), but there is always some variation from producer to producer. Some wine falls outside of this range, for instance Port weighs in closer to 20%, while Muscat and Riesling are usually a bit below 10%.
Wine Style Guide
Light & Fruity
- Red wines that are more fruit-forward and lighter in tannin and body.
Smooth & Supple
- Medium bodied reds that go down easy, with smooth tannins and supple fruit.
Earthy & Spicy
- Wines where earthy and/or spicy dominate the flavors – typically medium to full body.
Big & Bold
- Full bodied wines that have concentrated fruit and are higher in alcohol and/or tannins. Some need age.
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