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.
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2011 was a very Bordeaux like growing season. Extremely cool vintage
with a small crop, resulting in lean, high acid wines with strong aging
Like elephants whose size is imposing, Petite Petit is large! A blend of 85% Petite Sirah and 15% Petit Verdot, offering a joyous explosion of color and fun! It is a substantial, dense, full-bodied, whopper style of wine loaded with pure black fruit and vanilla flavors that coat the palate. It... more
Big, brash, and bold efforts aimed at folks who want lots of up front fruit! Deep dark plum, blackberry, and black raspberry fruit characteristics are prominent throughout the deeply layered palate of this wine along with plum pudding spices. All of those fruit flavors and spices carry though the... more
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The fruit for this brute of a Cab comes from the original super freak, Michael Phillips vineyard located only a medicine balls toss away from the winery. Surprisingly nimble and elegant, showing great balance, strength, and poise. This Cabernet has a bouquet of ripe fruit and roasted spices. ... more
This hugely popular wine spends 12 months in both French and American oak. Sexy and endearing, it offers a deep ruby/purple color, full-bodied, corpulent flavors and abundant berry fruit, pepper and spice notes. Drink this seductive, full throttle, classic Zinfandel over the next several years. more
Earthquake Petite Sirah is a big, juicy, in your face, and ultimately a fine, bold wine full of intense black olive tapenade, chocolate, and tobacco, with a tannic, peppery finish, a nod to its 19 months spent in French oak. more
Notes of sweet plums and pepper dominate the nose while flavors of blueberry, raspberry, cinnamon, and black pepper pack the palate from start to finish. The silky-smooth tannins hold the wine together and deliver a soft, fruit-driven experience. more
Unmask the true identity of this alluring wine. A field blend of primarily Rhone Varietals, these grapes are grown in the Lodi Appellation, with it's warm days and cool summer nights. This Rouge blend changes every vintage using very mysterious Rhone style varietals. Soft and approachable with... more
The Phillips brothers planted one of the first Syrah
vineyards in California in 1982. With Michael's son
Kevin continuing the Phillips grape growing tradition
into the 6th generation. This Syrah vineyard was one of the first he tended to as our Vineyard Manager. If you turn the bottle around you... more
A sinful blend indeed! Our flagship Zinfandel
was the devise of the two Phillips brothers in their
search for a blended Zin so captivating that no one
could refuse. With consistency in mind, the brothers
decided to blend the fruit of Lodi's finest growers to
fill the bottles of Michael~David's... more
A sinful blend indeed! Our flagship Zinfandel was devised by the two Phillips brothers in their search for a blended Zin so captivating that no one could refuse. With consistency in mind, the brothers decided to blend the fruit of Lodi's finest growers to fill the bottles of Michael David's new... more