Peaks and Pints Freakshow Flight is on. We have selected Michael David Winery as our wine flight for April, pouring three, 3-ounce glasses of rick, ripe and oaky 2015 Freakshow Cabernet, full-bodied and plush 2015 Petite Petit and dark, dense and thickly tannic Freakshow Red Blend.
For five generations, the Phillips has farmed in Lodi, California-self-proclaimed “Zinfandel Capital of the World” — producing wine from century-old vineyards. They’ve long grown wine grapes, among other crops, but founded their winery only in 1984, adding a tasting room to the roadside produce stand they’d built in 1975. Early on, brothers Michael and David Phillips made wines under the label Phillips Vineyards, but then the family ran into a trademark dispute with a similarly named liquor-distribution company in Minnesota and agreed, however reluctantly, to switch the name of their brand to Michael David Winery. And by brand we mean wines that are husky, concentrated and effusive — their flavors running to fully ripe fruit with substantial oak.
Let the Freakshow begin!