Miner Family Vineyards - 2004 Petite Sirah

Miner Family Vineyards from the Napa Valley is the next stop during the 12 Days of Petite Sirah. Whole they make a wide array of wines I tend to think of their Cabernet Sauvignons and Proprietary Blend The Oracle first when thinking of them. Their tasting room on the Silverado Trail is one of the Miner Petite Sirahfew that I hit on every trip I make to Napa. So when I was planning 12 Days of Petite Sirah they were one of the first wineries that came to mind. The Miner Family Vineyards 2004 Petite Sirah is 100% varietal and all Napa fruit. The vineyard source is in northern Napa, near Calistoga. 60% of the wine spent 20 months in new French oak. Production was limited to 460 cases, one of Miner's smallest. The suggested retail price is $40.

This wine is a classically colored, tooth staining deep purple in color. Fresh wild berry, vanilla and allspice fill the nose of this wine. Tons of blackberry, spice and chocolaty mocha notes will the big, round and rich mid-palate of this wine. The finish features lingering spice notes, one of this wines hallmarks, subtle cedar and an emerging earthiness. Pair this wine with a steak or other grilled meats for an excellent match.

The Miner 2004 Petite Sirah needed time to breathe. Decanting is certainly recommended if drinking this wine now. Firm tannins, solid acid and good structure all lead me to believe this will be a long lived Petite Sirah if you have patience to lay it down. Balance and elegance are the hallmarks of most of the Miner Family wines I've experienced over the years. This Petite Sirah is no exception. Well worth it's $40 price tag in my opinion.

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