Grapelive Latest: Dec. 3

Grapelive Daily Pick

By Kerry Winslow

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miura07.gif2007 Miura Pinot Noir “Pisoni Vineyard” Santa Lucia Highlands.

Emmanuel Kemiji’s Miura label has been a supporter and believer in the Pisoni Vineyard since the beginning and has been making top Pinot Noir from this “Grand Cru” site since the amazing first release in 1999, and since then has never failed to impress! Emmanuel has even picked out his favorite blocks of vines in the vineyard from which his uses in this wine and then lets the terroir make the wine, his own stamp on the wine is to let nature do the talking, and I can say it is bragging big time in this vintage. Miura Pinot Noir is always pure, elegant and sleek with no stone unturned in the pursuit of quality. The 2007 Pisoni is a rich and beautiful wine that shows depth, refinement and class with powerful fruit and stunning length. This is a wine that can and will be cellared for many years with stuffing and structure to last, it was made with lots of whole cluster fermentation which gives more flavors and tannins. The nose is ripe with exotic fruits and flowers, sweet and spicy, before a huge palate of plum, blackberry, currants and dark cherry with flashes of lavender, gun powder, rose oil and lovely French oak spiced vanilla. There is some earthiness and fresh acidity that give added character way in the background, but it is showing its sexy youth mostly right now, making it hard to keep your hands of it! ($65 Est.) 94-95 Points, grapelive

***This wine was just released, but is pretty rare and found mostly in restaurants. Ask your local wine merchant to get it, or order it online at: Rancho Cellars