Wednesday, December 2, 2015

Miller Wine Works 2013 Zinfandel has World-Class Grapes (a Sierra Foothills Wineries story)

Harvest 2015 is in the Books...

The informative newsletter from Miller Wine Works in Sutter Creek, Amador County in the Sierra Foothills, noted that "Harvest 2015 is in the books."

"One of the earliest on record, it brought lower yields after several very big years and exceptional quality by all measures," said Kim Miller.

Kim and Gary Miller of Miller Wine Works
She and husband Gary Miller have a few minutes to take a breath while their Grenache blanc is resting comfortably in barrel, "and the reds - Mourvedre, Grenache, and Petite Sirah are slowly ticking away against the malolactic clock."

There in Sutter Creek, finally, after a very warm summer which felt like it would never end, "we're seeing the first evenings below 40 degrees, another 10 degrees and the vines will be going to sleep, to rest before the next go-around."

2013 Zinfandel-Shake Ridge Vineyard
Gearing up for holiday sales, they mentioned a number of their wines which are "drinking beautifully."   My attention was caught by the 

2013 Zinfandel, Shake Ridge Vineyard, Amador County

Author's note: At $32 the bottle, I think it is a great value.

"This wine is just beginning to flex its youthful muscles - it's a bright, well - balanced effort with that Zinful spice," said Kim.

Gary noted that he enjoys working with Shake Ridge grapes.  (Take a look at a past blog to understand why... 

Viticulturalist Anne Kraemer
of Shake Ridge Vineyards

"Working with Shake Ridge is all you would expect when working with a world-class viticulturalist," Gary said.  "It's always nice to team with a grower who is both extremely knowledgeable, and appreciates a winemakers myriad concerns about yield, hang-time, (physiological) ripeness and acid profiles amongst other things.  It most certainly is an advantage to work with someone who lives it from both ends of the spectrum ( ie growing & winemaking )."

Miller Wine Works, LLC
33 Main Street
Sutter Creek, CA  95685

Tasting Shoppe telephone:  (209) 267-5457

Miller Wine Works is included in the up-to-date directory of all wineries in the Sierra Foothills, part of the  soon-to-be-published book, Wineries of the Sierra Foothills.   In the book, you can also read more about Shake Ridge Vineyards and enjoy a recipe that pairs well with grapes from that vineyard,

      Sign up to get an alert when it's published via a simple process at the book's website,   There will be loads of ongoing features on Sierra Foothills wineries, and notification of book-signing events near you.

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