2015 Miura, Pinot Noir, Santa Lucia Highlands

Miura (myu rä) n. 1. Derived from Don Eduardo Miura, the most famous breeder of Spanish fighting bulls; for the Spanish, Miura is a legendary name signifying nobility, boldness and power.

Miura is our program that focuses on what I feel are the best regions in California for the growing of Chardonnay and Pinot Noir. Within each of those regions I have selected the vineyards that best exemplify that area stylistically and qualitatively.

Miura, Pinot Noir, Santa Lucia Highlands

The Vineyard

This is our entry level Pinot Noir. A wine that we made because a number of high end restaurants wanted to pour a Miura Pinot Noir by the glass but found that our single vineyard offerings were too expensive to do so. We made this wine to be more approachable in its youth, but one that retains the complexity and elegance associated with all Miura Pinot Noirs and yet priced so it can be consumed on an everyday basis.

The 2015

As of the 2013 vintage we were finally able to convince Joe Alarid, the owner of the Tondre Vineyard, to sell us enough fruit so that the entirety of this bottling now comes from this highly regarded grower right in the middle of the Santa Lucia Highlands. This single vineyard philosophy also falls in line with everything else we do at Miura.

This harvest will go down as one of our favorites in recent memory. The growing season was long and mild without any dreaded heat spikes in September, which resulted in a fresh, balanced, fruit-forward wine, which is most appealing.

1832 cases produced