It’s safe to say that Lodi has made a name for itself among wine aficionados this year.
First, top industry magazine Wine Enthusiast named Lodi the 2015 Wine Region of the Year, giving the area a nod over wine regions around the world.
Then, three Lodi wines ended up amid the top 30 picks on the magazine’s list of best buys for 2015 — stellar wines for $15 or less.
Now, Michael David Winery has nabbed the No. 2 spot on the magazine’s Enthusiast 100. That means, according to Wine Enthusiast’s editors and experts, Michael David’s 2012 Petite Petit Petite Sirah is one of the top wines they’ve tasted this year in the world, second only to San Felice’s 2011 Il Grigio Gran Selezione, a red wine from the Chianti Classico appelation in Italy.
“To be No. 2 was really exciting,” winery co-owner David Phillips said. “They’re starting to pay attention to Lodi.”
Petite Petit Petite Sirah is a red “petite petit” — 85 percent Petite Sirah, and 15 percent Petit Verdot.
“The color is almost black to the rim, the aromas are meaty and peppery, and the flavors are very concentrated. The texture is thick and yet creamy with layered, smooth and bold tannins,” wrote Wine Enthusiast expert Jim Gordon in his October review of the wine. “For all its density and depth, however, this is not an overpowering monster.”
Phillips believes a number of factors may have gone into the wine magazine’s decision to give the coveted spot to Michael David’s wine.
The wine is affordable, at a retail price of $18, and the winery produced 50,000 cases, so it’s widely available in all 50 states.
Then there’s the grapes. Lodi produces more Petite Sirah grapes than anywhere else in North America, Phillips said.
“That’s given us great quality vineyards to choose from,” he said.
And Michael David’s expert vineyard staff — “We have a dream team here,” Phillips said — knows just how to turn those grapes into a quality product.
“We knew we got the 94-point score earlier in the year, so I had an idea that might be good enough to make the list,” he said.
Michael David’s 2012 Petite Petit Petite Sirah can be purchased at various retail outlets, including BevMo!, as well as at Michael David Winery, 4580 W. Highway 12, Lodi.