LIBRARY - Mira Cabernet Sauvignon Schweizer Vineyard 2016

LIBRARY - Mira Cabernet Sauvignon Schweizer Vineyard 2016

A level of refinement on the nose that defies easy description, evoking the best of the “Grand Cru” tradition. Smooth despite tremendous structure, on the palate the wine’s essential fruit character underlies layers of earthy, forest floor notes. Already extremely complex, this wine is destined for a profound journey in the cellar.

97 Points - Sunset International Wine Competition - "Bordeaux, leading with cassis, plum, leather, fresh acidity, full-bodied, excellent finish."

95 Points - Wine Enthusiast - "This wine spent extra time in bottle after 30 months in all new French oak. The grapes were grown in volcanic soils on the eastern side of the appellation. Inviting flavors of earth and herb carry the rich and expansive palate, with lasting accents of iron, crushed rock, currant and violet lending depth. Best from 2026–2036. Cellar Selection. —V.B."

92 Points - James Suckling - "A character of ripe blueberries and blackberries, sweet vanilla, eucalyptus and pine wood. Full-bodied with viscous tannins, deep, savory fruit and warming mouthfeel. Slightly fluid at the end but holds together. Long finish with hints of minerality. Try from 2022."

91 Points - Wine Spectator - "A dark, winey style, with a core of steeped currant and blackberry fruit, plus warm earth and dark tobacco accents. The slightly taut finish is lined with singed cedar. For fans of the old-school style. Best from 2023 through 2032. —J.M."

91 Points - Jeb Dunnuk - "The 2016 Cabernet Sauvignon Schweizer Vineyard showed beautifully, with a fresher yet still rich and powerful style that's very much in the profile of the vintage. Currants, smoked tobacco, spicy wood, and chocolate notes all define the nose, and it's medium to full-bodied, with a juicy spine of acidity and ripe tannins. This complex, nuanced, elegant Cabernet Sauvignon is drinking well today yet has another 10-15 years of longevity."

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Wine Profile
Wine Specs
Cabernet Sauvignon
Schweizer Vineyard, Stags Leap District
Vineyard Designation
6.8 g/L
28 months, 100% French oak barrels (new)
Alcohol %
Wine Profile
Tasting Notes
Layers of seductive red fruit aromas interwoven with hints of minerality and brightness, with a middle loaded with red fruit, supple tannin and just a hint of French oak
Vineyard Notes
Schweizer Vineyard, one of the oldest in Napa Valley, has been producing grapes for premier wines for over 100 years and has been owned by the Schweizer family since 1956. This small 42 acre vineyard in the heart of Stags Leap District brings together some of the best soils and the perfect microclimate for growing Cabernet Sauvignon. The combination of excellent draining Perkins Gravelly Loam soil, the guarantee of great afternoon sun due to its position on the east side of the valley and ideal hot days and cool nights secure that Schweizer Vineyard is among the world’s top locations to grow Cabernet Sauvignon.
Vintage Notes
2016 saw another nearly perfect vintage in the Napa Valley. Winter precipitation afforded relief from drought concerns but a very nice Spring and mild Summer brought slightly less than average yields, smaller clusters and more concentration in the fruit. Mid October brought substantial rains to the region, the first in quite some years, however we were fortunate to already have all of our grapes in.
Winemaker's Notes
10 day cold maceration followed by 14 days of fermentation. Daily pumpovers during active fermentation at 91°F. 50 days total vat time in small French oak vats followed by malolactic fermentation in barrel. Aged for 30 months in 100% French oak barrels (100% new). Bottled non fined and non filtered.

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