This lovely, deeply filled blend of varietals grown in the famed Stagecoach Vineyard is a reminder that great vineyards make for great wines even in what for others may be difficult years. A big and very rich opus, Miner's Oracle makes no apologies for its ripeness or oak, but the terrific, very well-extracted dark fruit that runs its length is what earns it a place among highly recommended wines. It has the structure and potency to grow for a good many years, and we caution against pulling its cork before at least a half-dozen years have come and gone.
Dave Miner sources most of the grapes for this blend from the Stagecoach Vineyard, planted at 1,500 feet on Atlas Peak. Half Cabernet Sauvignon, this includes 23 percent Franc, plus Merlot, Malbec and Petit Verdot. It's a cool, savory red with fine tannin ripeness. While the oak is a formidable part of the structure, the fruit tannin is what gives a lasting impression, with a complexity that includes ferrous elements and a mushroom-like fruitiness. This has the concentration and stature to benefit from ten years in the cellar.
Herbal and earthy, full-bodied and concentrated, with chewy tannins. Tight and closed, slowly revealing loamy currant flavors...Drink now through 2015.
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