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Wine of the Week: 2006 Miner Family Cabernet Sauvignon Stagecoach Vineyard

My wine of the week for April 28-May 4  is the 2006 Miner Family Cabernet Sauvignon Stagecoach Vineyard

The Winery

Miner Family Winery – Napa Valley is located in the eastern hills of the Oakville AVA in Napa Valley.  They source their grapes from various vineyards throughout California, and offer a wide range of wines.  According to their company overview:

Founded in 1998 by Dave & Emily Miner, Miner is defined first and foremost by a sensational portfolio of wines, wines consistently characterized by and committed to individualistic style and uncommon quality. Each wine is crafted in a style to encapsulate the distinctive elements and the indelible fingerprints of their respective vineyards. This combination of excellent vineyard sites along with passionate and thoughtful winemaking injects the necessary components for creating profoundly joyful wines.

The grapes for this wine were sourced from the Stagecoach Vineyard, which is straddles the Atlas Peak AVA in Napa.  The Stagecoach vineyard ranges in elevation from 1,200 to 1,750, making it the largest south-facing mountain vineyard in Napa.  Aside from this wine, Miner also produces Marsanne, Merlot, and Syrah sourced from the Stagecoach vineyard.

The Wine

This wine is a blend of 90% Cabernet Sauvignon and 10% Cabernet Franc

2006 Miner Family Cabernet Sauvignon Stagecoach Vineyard

Cost: Unknown; Bottle received as a gift

Alcohol: 14.5%

My tasting notes follow:

Dark garnet color with dark fruit, sweet oak and a hint of earthy aromas. On the palate it’s elegant, smooth, well-balanced, and medium-bodied with well integrated fine tannins, and black cherry, cassis,  and anise flavors  with a lengthy finish – 91pts

Pairing with food

Pair with foods that traditionally work well with Cabernet Sauvignon like Cheddar or Gouda cheese, steaks, hamburgers, or lamb.  If it’s adventure you seek, I’d recommend trying this one with a rare Ahi tuna steak!

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