2015 MIRA STANLEY RANCH PINOT NOIR, CARNEROS NAPA VALLEY
Have you ever read about a wine with a narrative so compelling that you knew it was something you absolutely had to have? That’s what happened when we wrote about Mira’s 2014 Stanly Ranch Pinot and we sold it all out in a matter of hours. Fortunately for all of us and especially those who missed the 2014, the 2015 is a superb follow-up. After all, it’s made by winemaker Gustavo Gonzalez, who has two decades of experience at one of the top wine Estates in the world. He’s responsible for crafting the 2001 Tenuta dell’Ornellaia “Masseto” which received 100 points from Wine Spectator and was described as possibly the best Tuscan red ever… And the vineyard? You might recognize Stanly Ranch from high-scoring, single-vineyard Pinots made by Saintsbury, Cherry Pie, and Merryvale to name a few.
Cut from the historic Stanly Ranch Vineyard on the Eastern side of the Los Carneros Appellation which was originally planted in 1870, this Pinot has terrific intensity, brilliantly detail and plenty of focused fruit. It has all of the components necessary to be something outstanding and our panel was thrilled with the quality at this modest price point.