The winery was co-founded by winemaker Gustavo Gonzalez and Jim Dyke. The name Mira comes from a Latin root meaning miracle. Mira has a dual meaning for the winery. First it was happenstance or a miracle that the two meet to form this venture as they came from different world experiences. Secondly, the other meaning comes from their exquisite wine birth at each new harvest, a miracle in exotic taste profiles. Located in Yountville, they have 16 acres and typically do 100% varietals. Some of the wines produced are: Cabernet Sauvignon, Chardonnay, Syrah, Petit Verdot, Pinot Noir, Cabernet Franc and Sauvignon Blanc. Mira’s production is approximately 6,000 cases per year.
The 2013 Mira Cabernet Franc from Hyde Vineyard
On the eyes, the deep crimson color and medium heavy viscosity alerts one that something special is being poured into the glass. On the nose, red currant, soft pipe tobacco, black licorice and herbal fragrances are dominant. On the palate, a range of dark fruits (blackberry and blueberry) counterbalance with dark chocolate and mild oak notes envelop the mouth. The finish is well structured and layered providing a long lasting smooth finish with strong but tamed tannins.
In the 2019 Cabernet Franc Wine Competition, hosted by California Wines and Wineries, 2013 Mira Cabernet Franc scored a Gold Medal in their class by the Professional Judges. See the complete story at: https://californiawinesandwineries.com/2019/12/05/results-of-cabernet-franc-day-wine-competition-by-california-wines-and-wineries-held-december-4th/
This was a very limited single vineyard production, but one worthy of seeking out. Listed at the winery for $144 it was a treat to sip leisurely. This made my list of The Best Wines of 2020! Looking forward to trying some of their additional wines.