VOLUME 9, ISSUE 46
August 25, 2014
ARTICLES IN THIS ISSUE:
Charles Heintz Vineyards: Getting to Know Winegrower Charlie Heintz and the Pinot Noir, Chardonnay and Syrah from His Very Special Vineyard Lucienne: Very Special Pinot Noir from the Santa Lucia Highlands Formaglini Vineyards Sips of Recently Tasted Wines A New Wave of Outstanding Print Wine Magazines Pinot Briefs Winemaker Up Close & Personal Paul Clifton, Director of Winemaking, Hahn Estates
Miner Family Vineyards
Miner Family Vineyards is tucked into the eastern hills of the Oakville appellation, producing small lots of more than two dozen bottlings, including Pinot Noirs sourced from Carneros and the Santa Lucia Highlands (Garys' Vineyard and Rosella's Vineyard). Founded in 1998 by Dave and Emily Miner along with his parents Ed and Norma, the winery is most known for its Bordeaux-style blend The Oracle and the Miner Cabernet Sauvignon, but the Pinot Noirs are always top-notch.
The winery is environmentally conscience utilizing solar-power and a waste-water recycling program. The long-time winemaker was Gary Brookman who became general manager and director of winemaking in early 2014. Stacy Vogel was promoted to winemaker.
Some wines are sold on the website. It is best to visit the tasting room to sample, access the entire lineup and tour the 20,000 square feet of caves at 7850 Silverado Trail. 800-366-9463.
Articles About Miner Family Vineyards
2009 Miner Family Vineyards Rosella’s Vineyard Santa Lucia Highlands Pinot Noir
14.4% alc., 400 cases, $50. Aged 14 months in 75% new French oak. · Moderate reddish-purple color in the glass. The nose is nicely nuanced with scents of strawberries, raspberries, herbs and biscuit. Tastes of darker fruits on the palate with a complimentary note of cola and brown spice. Beautifully composed with supple tannins and good length on the aromatic finish. Very good. Reviewed March 12, 2011 ARTICLE »
2004 Miner Family Vineyards Garys’ Vineyard Santa Lucia Highlands Pinot Noir
14.3% alc.. · Bouquet of aged aromas including root beer, cola and leather with a sniff of alcohol. Medium-weighted flavors of berries and cola with a smooth mouthfeel secondary to melted tannins. Reviewed July 9, 2009 ARTICLE »
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