January 19, 2018

Tinnell’s WIne of the Month Club July Tasting Notes

Here are the tasting notes for the June selections for Tinnell’s Finer Foods Wine of the Month Club!  For more information on the Club please click HERE, give us a call or email our Beverage Manager, Adam Markham at adammarkham@live.com!

July, 2012
Wine of the Month Club
Selections and tasting notes



Michael David Winery

Michael David Winery


The Phillips family has been farming since Great, Great Grandfather Andrew Harshner and his wife Lucille homesteaded 160 acres near the town of Lodi, following the Civil War in the 1860′s. The region’s natural affinity for grape growing quickly became evident, and by the turn of the century (the last one), twenty-five percent of California’s grape acreage was in Lodi. A generation later saw the demise of many pioneering wineries in the state.

Originally devoted to vegetables, the Phillips’ farms evolved to include many different fruits, including fifteen different wine varietals that were shipped throughout the country during Prohibition with instructions on “how not to have the grapes turn into wine”. Thereby, Prohibition was good for Lodi growers, with families everywhere keeping up the tradition of wine with meals by ordering these grapes and “juice” to be bottled at home.

In 1984, Michael Phillips began a commercial winery on the family plot and five years later was joined by his brother David. Michael (who is a 5th generation Lodi grape grower) farmed with his father helping with grape harvesting. After graduating from U.C. Davis, Michael began planting vineyards of varietals not typical of Lodi and began winemaking through the production of small lots as a home winemaker. After nearly a decade of refining his techniques of winemaking, Michael, with the support of his father, decided to establish a bonded winery.

David grew up in the vineyards of the family Homestead, driving tractors and selling the farms produce at farmers markets and the local family fruit stands. After graduating from U.C Davis, David worked for an International cork company, importing corks from Portugal and marketing them to wineries throughout Northern California. David returned to Lodi in 1989 to work full time with his brother Michael. Together they started to increase production of their wines. David oversaw the early distribution and growth of the wines, starting with 1 distributor in Chicago in 1999 and growing to all 50 states by 2004. David travels often promoting the wines around the country, and now numerous export markets including Sweden, China, and Canada.

Michael David winery

2010 “incognito” white

Incognito White

Incognito White

This wine was awarded “Best Rhone in the World” as a Roussanne at the 2000 Los Angeles International Wine Competition. However, using DNA testing, U.C. Davis later determined that this unique grape is a rare clone of Viognier that mysteriously appeared in California during the past decade and is not, in fact, a Roussanne after all. The phantom clone originated somewhere in the Chateauneuf du Pape region of the Rhone Valley in France, then mistakenly sold to Lodi grower – the talented Mr. Ripkin – as Roussanne, who, finally, sold the resulting grapes to Michael David Winery. The rest is history!

Ripe and crammed with fruit this wine has aromatics of honey, citrus, apricots, and summer melons. This full bodied wine is pure and unoaked, leaving only the expressions of the blended varietals showing.

“Best of Class” – 2012 San Francisco Chronicle Wine Competition

2009 “incognito” red

Incognito Red

Incognito Red

Unmask the true identity of this alluring wine. A field blend of primarily Rhone varietals, these grapes are grown in the Lodi Appellation, with its warm days and cool summer nights. This Rouge blend changes every vintage using very mysterious Rhone style varietals. Syrah, Cinsault, Mourvedre, and Carignane are regulars to the bottle’s enticement, but really, the only thing you can be sure of is that the contents will please your palate.

This vintage’s blend is 40% Syrah, 25% Cinsault and smaller percentages of other varieties. It’s an oaky, cedar-tinged, gamy red that’s big in the mouth, dense and tannic with Michael David’s smoky signature.

Club price: $14.99 (Regular price: $16.99)



Adam Markham,
Beverage Manager
Tinnell’s Finer Foods
2205 Crystal Spring Avenue, SW
Roanoke, Virginia 24095

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