Think Lodi is just the land of zinfandel? Michael-David Winery showed that its cabernet sauvignon can beat the big boys from Napa. The Michael-David 2004 Rapture Cabernet Sauvignon recently won "best of class" at the San Francisco Chronicle Wine Compeition in the category for "cabernet sauvignon - $45 and over." The competition included such venerable Napa wineries as Clos Du Val, Cakebread Cellars and Turnbull Wine Cellars.
"We're proving that Lodi can keep company with some of California's most celebrated winemaking regions," said Mike Phillips, the co-owner of Michael-David, in a statement.
The Rapture 2004 Cabernet Sauvignon sells for $59, and can be ordered here.
Michael-David nabbed a number of other awards at the San Francisco Chronicle Wine Compeition: "Best of class" in the $15 to $25 Syrah category for the 2005 6th Sense Syrah; double gold for the 2005 Earthquake Cabernet Sauvignon; gold medals for the 2007 7 Heavenly Chards, the 2005 Earthquake Petite Syrah, 2006 Gluttony Zinfandel and 2006 Windmill Petite Sirah.
In news related to local winners in the San Francisco Chronicle Wine Competition, here's a piece about Casque Wines from Loomis, which won best of class in the category for "Rhone, Other White Varietals and Blends."