Monday, August 1, 2016

Miner Family Winery - Napa, CA

We had an amazing private tasting and wine cave tour today at Miner Family Winery. This was my second visit to Miner, which is a small production winery that only sells directly to consumers and restaurants. Our first visit a few years back took place in the main tasting room. This afternoon we were greeted with a glass of Viognier in the main room and then taken upstairs for the private tasting.

The thoughtful staff had coloring books on hand for our young non-drinkers. Our wine educator, Abbie, sat at the head of a large table with a wonderful collection of wines.

The rest of us sat around the table with seven glasses each, including one for water and the glass of Viognier we brought up from the other tasting room. Here are my notes for each one:
  • Viognier 2014 ($20 a bottle) - fragrant with a slightly sweet finish
  • Rosato of Sangiovese 2015 ($24 a bottle) - pink fruit, dry, dark pink in color, very nice! I liked this one so much I purchased 3 bottles of it!
  • Wild Yeast Chardonnay 2012 ($50 a bottle) - apparently made in an old-world style, this smelled very oaky to me; it tasted buttery and was full-bodied
  • Gary's Vineyard Pinot Noir 2013 ($60 a bottle) - the wine smelled quite hot; it's made of grapes from the Santa Lucia Highlands and is hand-stirred; I tasted red fruit with a smooth black tea finish
  • Stagecoach Vineyard Syrah 2011 ($40 per bottle) - aromas were dark, smoky, and fruity; I tasted dark chocolate with a strong tannic finish
  • Oakville Cabernet Sauvignon 2012 ($75 per bottle) - this wine also smelled quite hot; I tasted dark chocolate and tobacco
  • The Oracle 2011, Napa Valley ($90 per bottle) - dry, red and black fruit, elegant and balanced - my favorite of the reds
What a wonderful tasting and such great info from Abbie!

Next we took the wine cave tour. So impressive to see all of the barrels and know how much great wine was being produced in there!

Here are some barrels stained with a previous vintage - so pretty!

Yes, I could definitely live here at Miner, too.

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