2016 Miura, Chardonnay, Islero

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, Chardonnay, Islero

Because we were so wonderfully surprised with the quality of fruit we got from the Hudson Vineyard, I decided to do a white version of Matador- that is pick my favorite barrel of Chardonnay and bottle it only in magnums producing a mere 25 cases a year. Islero being the name of one of the most famous Miura bulls of all time.

The 2016

After four drought years plenty of rain in the winter and spring helped to bring in an abundant and high quality crop towards the end of August. This barrel displayed incredible length and balance between richness and freshness.