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Date Printed: 11/22/2014
Miner Wild Yeast Chardonnay 2009
Miner Wild Yeast Chardonnay 2009
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Connoisseurs' Guide rating: 92 points
PRICE ON 11/22/2014: $34.99

ratings pedigree (past vintages):
2010 Connoisseurs' Guide rating: 89 points
2000 Wine Spectator rating: 92 points
2000 Wine & Spirits rating: 92 points
1997 Wine Spectator rating: 93 points

Winemaker's Notes:

Full-bodied and lush, yet never heavy, Miner Wild Yeast Chardonnay shows off flavors of ripe pear and melon with butterscotch and hazelnut notes, balanced by oak spice and bright acidity. This is a wildly expressive wine that will reward a few years of patient cellaring. The grapes are fermented using only indigenous or "wild" yeast cultures found on the skins of the grapes themselves, in the vineyards and within the walls of the winery.
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About Miner:

Founded in 1988 by Dave Miner, president of Oakville Ranch Vineyards, along with his wife Emily and his parents, Ed and Norma, Miner Family Vineyards produces small lot, handcrafted wines using fruit from Oakville Ranch, Ed and Norma's vineyard and other carefully selected California vineyards. Best known for their Cabernet Sauvignon and Chardonnay, they also produce limited quantities of other varietals using a combination of old world winemaking techniques and modern technology. Their focus is on producing high end, reserve-style wines that reflect the unique characteristics of individual vineyards or terrior where those specific varietals grow best.