Just a few sips of Miner Family Winery’s two exceptional red varietals might change your palate forever.
The winery— celebrating its 20 year anniversary of the first vintage – focuses on creating reserve style wines that encapsulate the distinctive elements and the indelible fingerprints of their respective vineyards, according to owner Dave Miner.
A tantalizing glimpse of a bright, cherry splash in the glass and you will know this is not your traditional pinot noir. Grapes from Gary’s 2012 selection ($60) were planted along the terraces of the Santa Lucia mountain range.
Baskets of ripe strawberry aromas seduce the senses and await Act II. Dark red fruit flavors, soft oak and nutmeg satisfy the palate and linger in a long finish.
But wait, the 2012 merlot ($40) offers another tantalizing, albeit, very different experience. This selection is an exciting, lush blend of merlot, cabernet sauvignon and cabernet franc from Napa Valley fruit.
Rocky, volcanic soils of this mountainous vineyard test this rowdy, opulent grape to produce quality fruit with intense flavors. With vibrant red to purple hues, this merlot exudes a lush floral, earthy bouquet with blackberry fruit and spice notes. Toasty oak and muscular tannins linger on the palate with a memorable finish.