2007 Miller Wine Works Kendric Vineyard Pinot Noir
With the philosophy deeply ingrained in his psyche that wine is a
liquid food, Gary Miller, an accomplished chef, parlayed his career in
the food industry to follow his passion…winemaking. Gary has
worked for such notable wine producers as La Jota, Martinelli, and
Robert Biale. His own brand, Miller Wine Works, is an expression of
all the paths Gary’s life has taken, from being raised in a rural,
Western New York family to becoming a Napa Valley vintner. As a
chef, Gary fully understands the necessity of integration and balance
when the fruits of the land intermingle with the fruits of one’s labor.
Who better than a chef-winemaker to bring forth skillfully integrated,
Stewart Johnson’s Kendric Vineyard is an east-northeasterly facing
vineyard, which lies equidistant between Tomales Bay and San
Francisco Bay, on very hilly topography in Northern Marin County. At
about 350 feet in elevation, the 15% gradient provides adequate
drainage, and the rugged terrain offers protection from westerly
winds and those out of the Petaluma Gap. Fog can be prevalent, but
never lasts long, and marine-layer cloud cover rarely dominates,
creating an unusually warm and sunny site within an area that is
generally very cool in temperature. Seven different clones of Pinot
Noir thrive in loam topsoil over clay loam subsoil, with sandstone and
shale parent material. Vines are trellised in the vertical-shoot–
position on the 8.5 acre site, and if you’ve ever seen Stew’s work, you know why the
fruit is exceptional, and the vineyard is immaculate; because he simply “farms hard”.
We’re all the better for it …….. !
Varietal Content: 100% Pinot Noir
Titratable Acidity: 0.57 g/100ml
Release Date: May 1st, 2011
Case Production: 284 cases produced
Winemaker Notes: The 2007 Pinot Noir from Kendric Vineyard in Marin County exhibits a beautiful rich color – with notes of cherry, earth, and rose petal on the nose. It is a medium-bodied wine, while remaining light on its feet and retaining nice acidity. A core of luscious dark cherry is supported by highlights of cranberry on the pallet, as a hint of spice creeps into the finish. This wine would sing out loud when paired with fresh salmon and grilled portabellas, or roast game birds with truffled polenta!