Tim and Lani Holdner are the founders of Macchia Wines (www.macchiawines.com). Tim was an amateur winemaker for a dozen years before he turned professional – something to which I can relate. Their mantra is that it is “all about the grape”, and so they source fruit from several different vineyards in California, including the original “Grand Pere” vineyard in Amador county which is 140 years old.
Here are some of the wines we tasted:
2006 Barbera “Delicious” – an outstanding Barbera but a bit tannic. This is one I would lay down for awhile. It was rich, with great varietal character, some black cherry and a long finish.
2006 Zinfandel “Mischievous” – Lodi old vine Zin. A very jammy wine with incredible aromatics of black fruits, chocolate and berries. The berry and chocolate flavors really came through on the palate. Silky and full-bodied. Excellent.
2006 Zinfandel “Adventurous” – Sierra Foothills Zinfandel grapes. Absolutely classic Zin bursting with ripe berry fruit and some anise.
2005 Petite Sirah “Bodacious” – The incredible chocolate in this wine amazed us. There were lots of lingering flavors and just a luscious finish on the palate. Probably one of the best Petite Sirahs I have tasted.
And so, with Macchia being our last winery, our visit to Lodi has come to a close. We were very impressed and plan to make it back here again some time.
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