Miller Wine Works Napa Valley
Impressive new small operation producing Rhône style reds from the Napa Valley and now Pinot Noir from the Kendric Vineyard in Marin County. Chef turned winemaker Gary Miller gained experience with La Jota , Martinelli and Robert Biale before establishing his own Napa based operation. Grenache from the High Valley AVA in Lake County is produced in tiny quantities and is super-ripe in style with loads of dark-berry and herb scented fruit. It gains additional weight and colour from Syrah and Mataro with ageing in neutral oak. Syrah from Sage Canyon is opulent and showy but still possesses a firm structure from vineyards grown at 900 to 1,400 feet. It gets around one-third new French oak ageing for 16 months but it is never intrusive. Other Rhône reds include a number of blends. Sierra Works from El Dorado County combines Mourvèdre, Petite Sirah, Grenache and Syrah. The Works from Napa Valley fruit is a mix of Syrah, Grenache, Mataro and unusually Tinta Cão. The Jordan’s Journeys Red is a blend of mainly Mataro, with Syrah and a smattering of Grenache. The Lake County sourced GM blend comprises Petite Sirah, Tinta Cão, Mataro and Grenache. A Sierra Hills Mourvèdre is blended with a little Grenache. A white, Harvest Blanc, which combines mainly Roussanne with Viognier, Marsanne and Grenache Blanc as well as an El Dorado rosé, Ruddy Bloom, and a port style, Teodoro, complete the small and well-priced range. (DM)
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