90 Points Connoisseurs’ Guide to California Wine, January 2014

2011 Miner Chardonnay, Napa Valley

Juicy and outgoing with generous, ripe-apple fruit getting a big boost from sweet oak, this well-crafted wine shows a polished and professional hand in terms of its balance and seamlessly fit pieces. It has plenty of flavor, especially for a 2011, but it is not heavy-footed, and it remains lively right to the end. If criticizable for a certain simplicity right now, it is a deep and very well-filled wine that will gain interest with time.

88 Points Wine & Spirits Magazine

2001 Miner Merlot, Stagecoach Vineyards

Oakland Tribune, August 2006

2003 Miner Merlot, Stagecoach Vineyards

“An exceptional wine, well worth the effort to find.”

90 Points Connoisseurs’ Guide to California Wine, December 2013

2009 Miner The Oracle, Napa Valley Red Wine

“There is a good deal of character to this ample, fairly full-bodied effort not the least of which is a full measure of currant fruit, a bit of briary spice and plenty of creamy, vanilla-bean oak. There is more than a bit of youthful tannin at work too, yet even though a touch rough and ragged at the finish, the wine ends on a positive note as its basic fruit emerges unscathed. It is not long on manners just now, but will find some much needed smoothing with age, and it is best left alone for six to eight years.”

89 Points Connoisseurs’ Guide to California Wine, December 2013

2010 Miner Cabernet Sauvignon, Oakville

“We expect a certain degree of toughness from ambitious young Cabernets, and this one certainly complies, but do not be put off by its unruly ways for there is a very good measure of deep and defined, ripe-currant fruit at its core and plenty of peppery, toasted-herb accents along with a not-so-small dose of sweet oak. Its structural bones stick out at the finish even as its fruit stays the course, and, if five years of waiting will make a good wine better, ten might do it even more.”

San Francisco Chronicle, Top 100 Wines of 2013, November 2013

2012 Miner Viognier, Simpson Vineyard

“Miner has, improbably, been using John Simpson’s Viognier parcel in Madera County for more than a decade, and this latest version, fermented in steel, shows the pure, limpid aspects of Viognier: fresh honeysuckle, Meyer lemon and citron peel. It’s taut and heady, exotic without being overwrought, and exuberant enough to please the grape’s partisans.”

89 Points Connoisseurs’ Guide to California Wine, November 2013

2010 Miner Merlot, Stagecoach Vineyards

“Moderately fruity and nicely complex with ripe cherry notes set against suggestions of slight herbaceousness and glimmers of black olives in its outgoing aromas, this full and solid wine shows a touch of fleshy suppleness at entry before it firms up under its slightly astringent impost. Built along tougher lines than most Merlots, this one can age well for a half decade and more.”

87 Points Connoisseurs’ Guide to California Wine, October 2013

2011 Miner Pinot Noir, Garys’ Vineyard Santa Lucia Highlands

“If built along the somewhat lighter lines that more often than not define Pinots of the 2011 vintage, Miner’s version from the Santa Lucia Highlands musters a persistent complement of clean fruit with deft, herbal accents to its mildly strawberry-like fruit. It is slender without being thin, and its firm balance commends it to service with food.”

90 Points Wine Spectator, September 2013

2010 Miner Pinot Noir, Rosella’s 777 Santa Lucia Highlands

“Marked by dill and mocha-scented oak, this version offers a subtle mix of spice and berry, firming on the delicate finish. Drink now through 2019. 175 cases made.”-JL

90 Points Wine Spectator, July 2013

2010 Miner Chardonnay, Hyde Vineyard

“Offers a rich, honeyed mix of ripe pear, apple and white peach flavors. Full-bodied, focused and persistent, with a lingering aftertaste. Drink now through 2018. 215 cases made.” -JL

92 Points Wine Spectator, July 2013

2010 Miner Chardonnay, Hudson Vineyard

“Richly flavored, with a mix of baked apple, apricot and anise. Full-bodied and expansive on the finish, where the flavors gain depth and nuance. Drink now through 2018. 225 cases made.” -JL

88 Points Wine Spectator, June 2013

2010 Miner Chardonnay, Napa Valley

“Weaves together a mix of ripe pear, apple and light cedary oak, focused and gaining on the finish. Drink now through 2017. 5,443 cases made.” – JL

84 Points Wine Spectator, 2013

2011 Miner Viognier, Simpson Vineyard

“Robust lime and sour green apple candy flavors offer good acidity and floral details, with a crisp finish. Drink now. 2,500 cases made.” -MW

86 Points Wine Spectator, 2013

2008 Miner The Oracle, Napa Valley Red Wine

“The flavors of dusty earth, oak, underbrush and dried flowers join dried berry and mineral notes, lending this a Bordeaux-like flavor profile and structure. Ends with drying tannins. Cabernet Sauvignon, Cabernet Franc, Merlot, Malbec and Petit Verdot. Drink now through 2019. 1,814 cases made.” -JL

88 Points Wine Spectator, 2013

2009 Miner The Oracle, Napa Valley Red Wine

“Intense and raw in texture, this is a bold statement, featuring dense dark berry, spice and black tea notes, with angular tannins. Should benefit from cellar time, but the rustic side may persist. Cabernet Sauvignon, Cabernet Franc, Merlot, Malbec and Petit Verdot. Best from 2014 through 2026. 1,380 cases made.” -JL

82 Points Wine Spectator, 2013

2010 Miner The Odyssey, Napa Valley

“Dry and savory, with a chewy mix of gravelly earth, dried berry and herb. Grenache, Mourvedre and Syrah. Drink now. Tasted twice, with consistent notes. 187 cases made.” – JL

87 Points Wine Spectator, 2013

2010 Miner Grenache, Sierra Foothills

“A crisp, light style, with fresh, snappy strawberry and raspberry, ending with a touch of crushed rock. Drink now. 172 cases made.” -JL

88 Points Wine Spectator, 2013

2010 Miner Chardonnay, Genny’s Vineyard

“The most understated of the new Miner Chardonnays, this offers baked apple, spice and cedary oak, ending with an edge of crushed rock. Drink now through 2018. 220 cases made.” -JL

Wine Spectator, 2013

2010 Miner Cabernet Sauvignon, Stagecoach Vineyards

“Well-structured, with a tight, tannic frame and around a core of dense dark berry, showing hints of raspberry and blackberry. Ends with gripping tannins. Best from 2014 through 2023. 1,130 cases made.” – JL

87 Points Wine Spectator, 2013

2010 Miner Cabernet Sauvignon, Oakville

“Very dense, featuring a strong loamy earth presence that imparts a pebbly quality. A good bet to gain with time, but this may always be on the rustic side. Best from 2014 through 2024. 700 cases made.” -JL

89 Points Wine Spectator, April 2013

2009 Miner Chardonnay, Wild Yeast

“A big, rich style, with a yeasty, leesy edge to the baked apple and pear flavors. Shows a strong presence of new smoky oak while remaining balanced overall. Drink now through 2019. 1,897 cases made.” –JL

92 Points Connoisseurs’ Guide to California Wine, January 2013

2009 Miner Chardonnay, Wild Yeast

“As is often the case, Miner’s Chardonnay fermented with wild yeast is an intense and very complex wine whose plentiful fruit is laced with toasty spice, and it is made more interesting yet in this outing by suggestions of roasted nuts and a bare touch of dried orange peel. The wine is mouth filling and supple with a touch of oily richness in feel, yet it is neither soft nor sluggish despite steering away from overt acid. It is rich, it is balanced and it is very long at the finish, and its minor suggestion of heat will be made moot by service with the flavorful foods that it so clearly requests.”

91 Points Connoisseurs’ Guide to California Wine, January 2013

2009 Miner Chardonnay, Napa Valley

Part of an interesting study in styles when compared to its mate made using wild yeast, this bottling is keys on the classic varietal themes of ripe apples. While rife with elements of sweet cream and vanilla, it is defined first and last by its very deep fruit, and its distant suggestions of toast and spice are far less prominent. It is not a nuanced wine so much as it is a tasty and generously filled one, and, if perhaps lacking the acidy firmness required for lengthy aging, it will make for splendid drinking with a savory roast chicken in the near term.”

90 Points Connoisseurs’ Guide to California Wine, December 2012

2009 Miner Cabernet Sauvignon, Stagecoach Vineyards

“If never in the least bit lacking for ripeness and substance, this sturdy, well-structured wine is anchored by solid blackcurrant fruit and shows no inclination to softness. It is a Cabernet that demands patient aging, and it has balance and fruity depth to grow past its very ample, presently puckery tannins that will work to ward off drinking for another six to eight years.”

87 Points Connoisseurs’ Guide to California Wine, December 2012

2009 Miner Cabernet Sauvignon, Oakville

“Even more tannic and backward than its companion from the Stagecoach Vineyard, this brawny young wine still has a strong sense of dark fruit at its core and shows an inkling of layering yet to come. It is, however, quite rugged now and far too coarse for drinking with anything on tonight’s menu, so please put it away in the cellar’s far reaches, and let it rest for eight to ten years.”

88 Points Wine Spectator, November 2012

2009 Miner Merlot, Stagecoach Vineyards

“A supple texture conceals a zesty backbone, offering aromas of red currant and cola, with layered flavors of plum, tobacco and cedar. Drink now through 2016. 1,372 cases made.” -TF

91 Points Wine Spectator, September 2012

2010 Miner Pinot Noir, Garys’ Vineyard Santa Lucia Highlands

“Delivers a tight beam of spicy wild berry, blueberry and black cherry, firm and focused, maintaining its persistence on the long finish, which is enlivened by snappy acidity. Drink now through 2020. 1,250 cases made.” -JL

85 Points Wine Spectator, 2012

2010 Miner Viognier, Simpson Vineyard

“Extremely spicy, with pear and apple flavors, showing plenty of focus on the crisp finish. Drink now. 1.946 cases made.” -MW

81 Points Wine Spectator, 2012

2010 Miner Pinot Noir, Rosella’s Vineyard Santa Lucia Highlands

“An earthy, gritty effort, with grainy tannins and drying fruit. Drink now. 325 cases made.” -JL

17 Points Decanter, May 2012

2008 Miner Cabernet Sauvignon, Stagecoach Vineyards

“Sweet, lifted cherry, plum, creamy vanilla, toasty oak, buttered toast, leaf and floral perfume. Supple, polished and succulent with underlying tannins, excellent concentration, fresh acidity, balance and super minerality. Has finesse. Drink 2012.”

83 Points Wine Spectator, 2012

2009 Miner Cabernet Sauvignon, Stagecoach Vineyards

“Muscular if not trim and tough, this presents a taut, sharp band of cedar, tart berry and dried herb, showing a dash of black licorice on the finish. Rough going with the tannins. Best from 2013 through 2021. 2,280 cases made.” – JL

83 Points Wine Spectator, 2012

2009 Miner Cabernet Sauvignon, Oakville

“A gritty, grainy style with dried-out fruit, loamy earth and tobacco flavors. Drink now through 2018. 844 cases made.” -JL

85 Points Connoisseurs’ Guide to California Wine, October 2011

2009 Miner Pinot Noir, Garys’ Vineyard Santa Lucia Highlands

“Adding to the surprises and disappointments found in wines from the Santa Lucia Highlands, this one is plenty ripe but is also less directly fruity than expected. Its ripe cherry scents and flavors are influenced by suggestions of green grapes, and, by the finish, it turns both hot and slightly acidy.”

90 Points Wine Spectator, September 2011

2007 Miner The Oracle, Napa Valley Red Wine

“A rich, gusty style, with dense, extracted currant, graphite, espresso sage and cedar flavors. Full-bodied and concentrated, finishing with firm tannins. Needs aeration. Cabernet Sauvignon, Cabernet Franc, Merlot, Malbec and Petit Verdot. Best from 2012 through 2022. 2,169 cases made.” -JL

91 Points Connoisseurs’ Guide to California Wine, August 2011

2008 Miner Cabernet Sauvignon, Stagecoach Vineyards

“If somewhat smoky and briary in scent, this wine is at first a bit dry and reluctant as far as fruit is concerned. One in the mouth, it surprises with deeper and better endowed flavors than promised, and its combination of ample extract and balanced structural tannins puts it squarely on the varietal track. It has the richness and depth to grow into better, and five to seven years of patience should be rewarded by increased complexity.”

86 Points Wine Spectator, June 2011

2009 Miner Viognier, Simpson Vineyard

“Balanced and harmonious, refreshing and bring, this offers peach, apple and citrus flavors, with a floral overtone. Drink now. 4,732 cases made.” –MW

90 Points Wine Spectator, June 2011

2009 Miner Pinot Noir, Rosella’s Vineyard Santa Lucia Highlands

“Though light in color, this is nonetheless intense and concentrated, marked by dried cherry, raspberry, mineral and dusty cedar notes. Ends with a tasty aftertaste of cherry and raspberry. Drink now through 2017. 532 cases made.” -JL

88 Points Wine Spectator, June 2011

2009 Miner Chardonnay, Napa Valley

“Complex, with rich fig, melon, honeysuckle and spice notes. Full-bodied and focused, ending with an elegant mouthfeel. Drink now through 2014. 6,043 cases made.” –JL

Food & Wine, Featured in Food & Wine Pairings 2011, June 16, 2011

2008 Miner Viognier, Simpson Vineyard

“Balinese Grilled Chicken & 2008 Miner Family Vineyards Simpson Valley Viognier – The aromatic blend of spices in the rub that Evans uses on this grilled chicken demands a fruity, lush white wine, like Viognier.”

86 Points Connoisseurs’ Guide to California Wine, May 2011

2009 Miner Viognier, Simpson Vineyard

“Often among the top-rated Viogniers, this version is equipped with the peachy fruit of the variety but stops short of out-and-out lushness of previous editions in its aromas and is too quickly given over to heat and glycerin on the palate. That it comes as close as it does is a testament to the potential that can be found in selected sites in the Central Valley, but inner softness and heat do take it just off the pace.”

86 Points Wine Spectator, 2011

2009 Miner Sangiovese, Gibson Ranch

“Cherry and cranberry aromas, with a hint of sassafras and zesty plum, join anise flavors, which finish with briary tannins. Drink now through 2015. 900 cases made.” –TF

86 Points Wine Spectator, 2011

2009 Miner Pinot Noir, Garys’ Vineyard Santa Lucia Highlands

“Medium bodied and light in color, with a dash of cedary oak wrapped around modest, cherry, spice and berry notes. Drink now through 2015. 1,090 cases made.” –JL

81 Points Wine Spectator, 2011

2008 Miner Merlot, Stagecoach Vineyards

“Modest and lean, with a slightly dry and earthy quality. Drink now. Tasted twice, with consistent notes. 658 cases made.” – TF

87 Points Wine Spectator, 2011

2008 Miner Chardonnay, Wild Yeast

“Rich and intense, marked by a mix of green apple, honeysuckle, fig and melon. Full-bodied, ending with a smoky edge and twinge of bitterness. Drink now through 2015. 1,679 cases made.” -JL

93 Points Connoisseurs’ Guide to California Wine, May 2011

2009 Miner Chardonnay, Napa Valley

“Very rich and multifaceted aromas of ripe apples, sweet citrus, lightly toasty oak and roasted grains five this wine an inviting leg up, and its combination of rich yet balanced flavors keep it solidly on track. It is fairly full in body without evident turn to heaviness, and its convincingly long, youthfully vital finish raises the notion of some two to four years of cellaring, but only if the early charms of this immensely inviting wine can be avoided. Otherwise, please let it sit for a year or two.”

85 Points Wine Spectator, 2011

2008 Miner Cabernet Sauvignon, Stagecoach Vineyards

“Complex, savory Cabernet aromas of dried herb, sage, cedar and tobacco lead off in this full-bodied red, which turns progressively drying and tannic, the latter being its shortcoming. Decant. Best from 2012 through 2020. 591 cases made.” – JL

93 Points Connoisseurs’ Guide to California Wine, April 2011

2006 Miner The Oracle, Napa Valley Red Wine

“This lovely, deeply filled blend of varietals grown in the famed Stagecoach Vineyard is a reminder that great vineyards make for great wines even in what for others may be difficult years. A big and very rich opus, Miner’s Oracle makes no apologies for its ripeness or oak, but the terrific, very well-extracted dark fruit that runs its length is what earns it a place among highly recommended wines. It has the structure and potency to grow for a good many years, and we caution against pulling its cork before at least a half-dozen years have come and gone.”

90 Points Connoisseurs’ Guide to California Wine, April 2011

2007 Miner Merlot, Stagecoach Vineyards

“It is not all uncommon to find a bit of extra size and extract from wines born of this noteworthy site, and, while we are seeing a little more toughness and a little less juice in a good many contemporary Merlots, this one fills its ample frame with plenty of sweet-well-ripened, cherry-like fruit. It is a big wine to be sure, and its tightens up as tannin and acid take hold, but it should develop well and should be set aside for four to six years.”

90 Points Connoisseurs’ Guide to California Wine, April 2011

2007 Miner Cabernet Sauvignon, Stagecoach Vineyards

“It is not all uncommon to find a bit of extra size and extract from wines born of this noteworthy site, and, while we are seeing a little more toughness and a little less juice in a good many contemporary Merlots, this one fills its ample frame with plenty of sweet-well-ripened, cherry-like fruit. It is a big wine to be sure, and its tightens up as tannin and acid take hold, but it should develop well and should be set aside for four to six years.”

17 Points Decanter, August 2010

2006 Miner Cabernet Sauvignon, Oakville

“Attractive, concentrated nose, polished and modern, cassis and mocha. Weighty, dense, flavorful palate, intense fruit backed by integrated velvety tannins. Long and quite delicious. Drink from 2010.”

91 Points & 2 Puffs Connoisseurs’ Guide to California Wine, April 2010

2008 Miner Chardonnay, Napa Valley

“This moderately deep, fully ripened and well-defined youngster plays a fair measure of rich oak against ample appley fruit in its very confident aromas, but it delivers deeper fruit flavors than predicted, and what was a good thing gets even better. It is a fairly big-bodied wine, yet it is firmed by an integral streak of citrusy acid, and, if its pieces are not yet seamlessly fit, there is little question that time is its ally. Give it a year and do not be surprised if continues to grow for three or four.”

89 Points Connoisseurs’ Guide to California Wine, April 2010

2007 Miner Cabernet Sauvignon, Oakville

“Led in the nose by a nicely composed mix of cassis, creamy oak and light notes of briar, this fleshy, firmly built youngster keys on lively, medium-deep fruit in the mouth and shows a nice spark of brightness throughout. It is not overly tannic but requires a bit of age nonetheless and has the look of a wine that will reach its best some four or five years hence.”

87 Points Connoisseurs’ Guide to California Wine, March 2010

Miner Viognier, Simpson Vineyard

“Sourced from Madera County, and one of the very few bottling’s of note from that locale, except for dessert wines, this version of Viognier has always performed very well in our tastings. That it is a couple of points lower this year reflects its fuller and somewhat heavier, thicker stance on the palate. It is still a floral, peachy and rich wine for current drinking.”

91 Points Connoisseurs’ Guide to California Wine, November 2009

2007 Miner Syrah, La Diligence

“Rich and far-ranging in aroma and quite complex and rewarding in flavor, this concentrated wine delivers smells of Syrah spice, roast beef and energetic blackberry fruit. It is full and fleshy on the palate, and its evident acid does a good job of offsetting an underlying tendency to flabbiness and its tannins give it structure that will keep it in good stead for the next three to five years. It is the kind of Syrah that accompanies a savory leg of lamb better than any other wine.”

87 Points Wine Spectator, November 2009

2006 Miner The Oracle, Napa Valley Red Wine

“Herbal and earthy, full-bodied and concentrated, with chewy tannins. Tight and closed, slowly revealing loamy currant flavors. Cabernet Sauvignon, Cabernet Franc, Merlot, Malbec and Petit Verdot. Drink now through 2015. 3,000 cases made.” -JL

91 Points Connoisseurs’ Guide to California Wine, October 2009

2007 Miner Chardonnay, Wild Yeast

“Miner’s “Wild Yeast” bottling has been and remains one our favorite Napa Valley Chardonnays, and in this outing, the wine hits the mark once again. Reminding of ripe apples and citrus, and filled out with lots of very rich, but never overbearing, oak spice, it is a full and wonderfully expressive take on the grape. Long and lively and weighty and full, it exhibits very fine balance and, if a fairly big wine, it still shows a certain sense of polish and grace. We expect that it will improve a bit if set aside for a couple of years.”

86 Points Connoisseurs’ Guide to California Wine, August 2009

2008 Miner Sauvignon Blanc

“Fresh aromas of green melons with hints of blossoms and sweet limes are followed on the palate by mid-density flavors that are elevated in ripeness and glycerin but a bit ragged towards at the finish. Withal, the wine should be good partner to broiled white fishes like halibut or sea bass.”

88 Points Connoisseurs’ Guide to California wine, August 2009

2006 Miner Cabernet Sauvignon, Stagecoach Vineyards

“There is a winemaking polish here that makes up in part for the wine’s slight foibles of tightness and heat, and, if bothered a bit by the ripe-but-narrow difficulties that plague many wines of the vintage, it sports slightly deeper and more plentiful fruit than 2006 typically yields. That said, it is not so substantial as to need lengthy cellaring, and we suggest three to four years of age.”

91 Points Connoisseurs’ Guide to California Wine, August 2009

2006 Miner Cabernet Sauvignon, Oakville

“Both better filled and somewhat tougher in style than its partner from the Stagecoach Vineyard, Miner’s Oakville bottling scores big points for its very evident depth and its decidedly generous fruit. It firms up at the end and runs up against lots of gruff tannins, yet its abundant, oak-enriched fruit never wavers and is easy to spot all the way to the end. At least three to five years need to pass before this one even begins to fulfill its considerable promise.”

92 Points Connoisseurs’ Guide to California Wine, July 2009

2006 Miner, Petite Sirah

“Petite Sirah’s surly side has been tamed by winemaking polish and lots of very rich oak here, and while ample varietal tannins do make themselves known, even they seem somehow refined and a little less crude than is typical. The wine’s careful crafting is only half the story, however, for it is dense, deep and nicely extracted with plenty of ripe, blackberry fruit emerging at every stop. It can be drunk now with hearty, well-seasoned braised meats, but its potential for better is clear and it will improve for at least five to six years.”

87 Points Connoisseurs’ Guide to California Wine, June 2009

2007 Miner Pinot Noir, Rosella’s Vineyard Santa Lucia Highlands

“This one is nominally lower in alcohol than its partner above, but it comes with a certain sweet compote note augmented by the richness of caramelly oak. The wine is comfortably full and has a decent sense of balance but is just enough lower than its mate in fruit brightness to allow the finishing astringency to force itself into prominence.”

90 Points Connoisseurs’ Guide to California Wine, June 2009

2007 Miner Pinot Noir, Garys’ Vineyard Santa Lucia Highlands

“Showing its youth in its slightly direct fruit, but rich and deep in the manner of top wines from this location, this interesting wine features lightly toasted notes of toffee, sweet grains and vanilla in its aromas, and despite being noticeably ripe, it is also quite well-balanced and lively. Its early feel on the palate reflects the full acidity of its makeup, and its clear fix on Pinot Noir fruit helps offset the sweetness of its omnipresent oak. For the moment, its tannins are never far from the scene, and current service wants savory meats, but time is clearly going to bring it a softer stance and increased range and openness.”

Food & Wine, Featured in Food & Wine Pairings 2009, June 10, 2009

2006 Miner Pinot Noir, Garys’ Vineyard Santa Lucia Highlands

“Salmon with Andouille Sausage and Green Olives with 2006 Miner Garys’ Vineyard Pinot Noir.”

84 Points Wine Spectator, 2009

2007 Miner Pinot Noir, Garys’ Vineyard Santa Lucia Highlands

“A racy style, with exotic wild berry, spice and floral notes. Full-bodied and marked by drying, earthy tannins. Drink now through 2013. 911 cases made.” -JL

87 Points Connoisseurs’ Guide to California Wine, April 2009

2005 Miner The Oracle, Napa Valley Red Wine

“While we like this wine’s aroma of deep, well-ripened cassis and sweet oak, we would like them more but for their faint scents of mushrooms and muddy earth. In the mouth, the wine exhibits good volume and ripeness but is a little rough and raw at the edges after a surprisingly supple start. Its uneven nature leaves us a bit in the dark as to where it might go with age, but it shows richness enough to wine at least qualified endorsement.”

92 Points & 2 Puffs Connoisseurs’ Guide to California Wine, March 2009

2007 Miner Viognier, Simpson Vineyard

Our 2007 Viognier ranked 2nd in the March issue out of the 30 plus tasted, including Phelps, DuMol & Pride

“Sweetly spiced peaches merge with touches of honey, anise and kiwi in the deep, impressively filled aromas of this well-focused youngster, and the equally rich flavors that follow show lots of fruity substance and no let-up in depth. Full-bodied and quite well-balanced with Chardonnay-like richness and weight, it is a wine of considerable potential and should grow into better with a year or two of quiet time in your cellar.”

Savannah Morning News, February 2009

2007 Miner Viognier, Simpson Vineyard

“The Miner bottling, around $20, is luscious and pleasing in the mouth. Its complex intensity results from low-yielding vineyards that create natural acidity and lush, tropical fruit flavors. As a devout Southerner, I detected a slight hint of cantaloupe, but then, I was in Viognier nirvana. This is a remarkably easy-to-pair food wine and an elegant sipper.”

91 Points Connoisseurs’ Guide to California Wine, February 2009

2006 Miner Chardonnay, Wild Yeast

“Mixing the bright scents of Fuji apples with a tangier green apple note, roasted grains accents and a touch of crème brulee richness, this wine follows on the palate with a full body and a rounded, supple texture with soft beginnings and respectably firm ending qualities. Its style directs it to service with the fleshy fish or roasted chickens in flavorful sauces, and if not demanded, a bit of bottle age will not hurt.”

16.5 Points Decanter, February 2009

2005 Miner Cabernet Sauvignon, Stagecoach Vineyards

“Good summer berry aromas. Delicious: generous fruit but still fresh. Not the heaviest of styles – quite sleek and refined. Drink from 2009.”

Press Democrat, September 2008

2007 Miner Viognier, Simpson Vineyard

“Has a plush feel, good concentration and good acidity. Floral, with a note of honeysuckle. Balanced.”

91 Points Connoisseurs’ Guide to California Wine, August 2008

2005 Miner Cabernet Sauvignon, Stagecoach Vineyards

“Very much the preferred of the pair of new Miner Cabernets, the Stagecoach Vineyard bottling is a deep, well-defined wine with a fine sense of fruity substance. It is long on currants with adjuncts of vanilla, dried flowers and chocolate, and it shows a bit of palatal polish that belies its relative youth. It is not one for drinking straightaway, however, and its nominal finishing tannins clearly invite five to seven years of continuing growth and improvement.”

91 Points Connoisseurs’ Guide to California Wine, June 2008

2006 Miner Chardonnay, Napa Valley

“Sweet and fully-ripened appley fruit sits at the heart of this very generous opus, and, like the best of its peers, the wine balances its almost apple-pie-like richness with a fine streak of enlivening acid. Full on the palate, slightly oily in feel and yet fairly firm at the finish with a tangy upturn of sweet lemon, it displays very good continuity and length with real potential for at least two or three years of improvement”

92 Points Wine & Spirits Magazine, June 2008

2005 Miner Cabernet Sauvignon, Oakville

“This Cabernet begins and ends with scents of dark chocolate, while the middle fills with bosky cherry flavor as it opens with air. The tannin has cool, with mineral inflections that balance the sweet fruit.”

4 Stars Restaurant Wine

2007 Miner Viognier, Simpson Vineyard

“A round, medium rich Viognier that tastes of peach, honeysuckle, roasted nut, cherimoya and toast. Full and well balanced. Excellent value.”

Silver Medal Winner 2008 San Francisco International Wine Competition

2004 Miner The Oracle, Napa Valley Red Wine

Best of Tasting, First Place – California Grapevine

2005 Miner Cabernet Sauvignon, Oakville

“Medium-dark ruby; attractive intense, spicy raspberry and black cherry fruit aroma with a hint of mint… plummy, sweet black cherry fruit flavors with good depth and overtones of vanilla; medium full tannin; lingering aftertaste.”

Washington Examiner, April 2008

2004 Miner The Oracle, Napa Valley Red Wine

“A Bordeaux style blend that delivers ripe fruit over the entire palate with a wonderful mouthfeel. Good balance and structure.”

92 Points The Wine News, April 2008

2005 Miner Cabernet Sauvignon, Oakville

“Dusty black cherry aromas with hints of coconut and white pepper. Soft cherry fruit entry with drying mineral flavors and charred oak notes. Balanced, well-integrated tannins join ripe fruit and toasted oak in the lengthy close.”

90 Points Wine Advocate, December 2007

2004 Miner The Oracle, Napa Valley Red Wine

“A beautiful wine from this Napa winery… Deep ruby/purple, with spicy aromatics intertwined with some lush blackberry and cassis fruit, opulent on the palate, with full body, silky tannins, and low acidity, this is a beauty that should drink handsomely for at least a decade. Drink 2007 – 2017.” –Robert Parker

90 Points Wine Enthusiast, December 2007

2004 Miner The Oracle, Napa Valley Red Wine

“It’s a distinguished wine, classic in the modern Napa sense of softness and ripeness to the point of decadent drinkability. There’s a sweet olive-tapenade edge to the blackberry, cassis and cherry flavors. The finish, believe it or not, suggests blueberry pie, fresh from the oven.”

91 Points Wine & Spirits Magazine, December 2007

2004 Miner The Oracle, Napa Valley Red Wine

“This wine’s cool edges bring a North Coast conifer forest to mind. Ripe cherry flavors and espresso coffee scents give it sweetness, though the wine is balanced and understated. For duck with roasted cherries.”

90 Points Wine & Spirits Magazine, October 2007

2005 Miner Pinot Noir, Rosella’s Vineyard Santa Lucia Highlands

“Floral strawberry scents meld with musky complexity in this wine.”

92 Points Wine Spectator, October 2007

2005 Miner Pinot Noir, Garys’ Vineyard Santa Lucia Highlands

“Smooth, rich and creamy with supple plum, blackberry and blueberry fruit that’s well-structured, with ripe but firm tannins that turn rich, earthy and complex. Drink now through 2011.” – JL

95 Points Connoisseurs’ Guide to California Wine, September 2007

2005 Miner Chardonnay, Wild Yeast

“Complex notes of ripe apples, crème brulee, toasted bread and savory spices are combined in the deeply framed, rich aromas of this somewhat full-bodied, mouth filling and well-balanced wine. It follows on the palate with ripe and wide-ranging flavors and has both the range and the depth to be a great mealtime choice to accompany well-seasoned roasted chickens served with fancy reduction sauce or for the fleshy fishes with fusion-influenced sauces. It does not need long=-aging but is certain to reward a few years of patient cellaring.”

Health Magazine “Great Wines to Try”, August 2007

2006 Miner Rosato, Gibson Ranch

“Miner’s Rosato has crushed-berry aromas and goes well with lamb.”

85 Points Connoisseurs’ Guide to California Wine, July 2007

2006 Miner Rosato, Gibson Ranch

“It may call itself rosé, but this substantial effort has more weight and substance than a good many light reds. Its mix of dried cherries and dusty spice lend it plenty of varietal authenticity, but it lacks the fruit to fully buffer its hard edges and slight tannic bite.”

The Wall Street Journal “Top Viogniers”, June 2007

2005 Miner Viognier, Simpson Vineyard

“Good/very good. Light and airy, perfect for sipping on a warm day.”

Beverage Magazine, June 2007

2005 Miner Viognier, Simpson Vineyard

“…this wine from the famed Miner Vineyards is a marvel of balance and fragrant sensuality: floral, pear like and vegetal, with apricot and tangerine peel accents. It’s even better on the palate, with a round soft weighty texture and flavors of banana, orange and anise. This reflects Viogniers strong suits: its ability to present a wide range of distinctive flavor essences in one sip…” – Sandy Block, MW

Best of Class San Francisco Chronicle Wine Competition 2007

2003 Miner Syrah, La Diligence

Food & Wine Magazine, Wine Guide 2007

2003 Miner Syrah, La Diligence

“A heavy bottle holds a wine of surprising delicacy, with dark fruit, cocoa, flowers and fine minerals. Drink now – eight years. Excellent.”

KCBS Radio, All news 740 AM, San Francisco, Narsai David’s Wine Reviews, May 2007

2005 Miner Sangiovese, Gibson Ranch

“Fine, rich aromas of ripe berries and a toasty touch of oak on the aroma, leads to a very appealing mouthful. Splendid balance between fruit, tannin, and acidity. I drank this with a pasta full of springtime vegetables – mainly favas… a perfect combo, but any spicy dish or roast chicken would be find.”

Washington Examiner, May 2007

2006 Miner Rosato, Gibson Ranch

“…a wonderfully unique blush wine featuring notes of strawberry and earthiness on the delicate nose. Fresh flavors of red cherry and pomegranate are kept in balance, resulting in a crisp, refreshing finish. Serve well-chilled alongside grilled or chilled shrimp.”

KCBS Radio, All News 740 AM, San Francisco, Narsai David’s Wine Reviews, May 2007

2006 Miner Rosato, Gibson Ranch

“Bright, glistening color… Red enough to suggest something like a more serious rose. Aromas of a berry bramble and a bit of spice lead to a delicious wine. Just enough tannin to provide a little mouthfeel. Certainly the perfect wine as the weather warms up. Picnics for sure. Baked ham, pizza, or just a chilled glass of Rose. A delicious wine.”

California Grapevine, May 2007

2005 Miner Pinot Noir, Rosella’s Vineyard Santa Lucia Highlands

“Medium to full body; forward, herbal, smoky cherry and raspberry fruit flavors with a touch of sweet oak… Shows some complexity and deserving of several more years of bottle aging. Highly recommended.”

California Grapevine, May 2007

2005 Miner Pinot Noir, Garys’ Vineyard Santa Lucia Highlands

“Medium-light brackish ruby; attractive, forward, relatively mature, smoky red berry and cherry fruit aroma with notes of cinnamon, mocha and charred oak; rich toasty, black cherry fruit flavors with good depth and a velvety texture… Developed with airing in the glass and will reward a few more years of bottle gaining. Highly recommended.”

California Grapevine, May 2007

2003 Miner The Oracle, Napa Valley Red Wine

“Big, rich textured, concentrated, ripe cherry fruit flavors with notes of vanilla and leather; firmly structured; full tannin; lingering aftertaste… Highly recommended.”

Food & Wine Magazine’s Wine Guide 2007

2003 Miner The Oracle, Napa Valley Red Wine

“Ripe berry and roasted coffee flavors are followed by polished minerals and spice. Outstanding.”

4 Stars Restaurant Wine

2004 Miner The Oracle, Napa Valley Red Wine

“Full bodied and complex, this is an excellent blend, with rich fruit character, good depth of flavor, evident complexity, and a long finish, tasting of plum, cedar, black licorice, spicy oak and blueberry.” – Ronn Wiegand, MS, MW

Food & Wine Magazine’s, Wine Guide 2007

2004 Miner Chardonnay, Wild Yeast

“Toasted toffee, hazelnut, almond and cashew flavors run alongside a citrusy bouquet in this wildly expressive wine. Excellent.”

90 Points California Grapevine, May 2007

2004 Miner Cabernet Sauvignon, Oakville

“Big rich intense, thick, concentrated, textured, cherry and dark currant flavors; well balanced and structured for bottle aging… Very highly recommended.”

Sunset Magazine “Top Pick Great Spring Whites”, April 2007

2005 Miner Viognier, Simpson Vineyard

“A rich mouth-feel and hint of tangerine peel set off the chicken korma.”

91 Points Anthony Dias Blue for Patterson’s Beverage Journal, April 2007

2003 Miner The Oracle, Napa Valley Red Wine

“Smooth and spicy with rich, dense plum and lush herbs; long rich and concentrated.”

93 Points Connoisseurs’ Guide to California Wine, April 2007

2003 Miner The Oracle, Napa Valley Red Wine

“This masterful blend of Bordelaise varietals fixes on very deep and fairly classic Cabernet fruit while finding nuances of herbs, briary spice and just the right measure of complementary oak within its layered and involving mix. Its fraction of Merlot is made manifest by way of its plump and polished palatal feel, and its long, characterful finish is firmed by perfectly integrated tannins. Despite it many immediate charms, the wine promises more and better to come with cellaring.”

91 Points Connoisseurs’ Guide to California wine, April 2007

2004 Miner Cabernet Sauvignon, Oakville

“Miner’s big, very outgoing Cabernet places its emphasis on ripeness and rich oak, but beneath its immediate sweetness, it shows a solid measure of persistent black currant fruit. If presently roughed up by both tannin and evident heat at the finish, it finds plenty of fruit powering through at the end, and it has all of the depth and essential extract it needs to age comfortably for a half-dozen years.”

Decanter, February 2007

2003 Miner The Oracle, Napa Valley Red Wine

“Spicy, oaky nose, good balance of black cherry fruit and oak. Rich, plump, concentrated, sumptuous fruit, chocolaty finish. Drink 2012-2017.”

93 Points The Wine Report, February 2007

2003 Miner The Oracle, Napa Valley Red Wine

“Heady, full of aromas of cherry, smoke eucalyptus and cassis waft up from this deep, intense ruby-colored wine. Rich and full-bodied. A mouthful of roasted coffee bean, black cherry, plum, chocolate and pepper flavors evolve on the palate in the long finish.”

90 Points The Wine Report, February 2007

2005 Miner Chardonnay, Napa Valley

“Subtle lemon yellow in color. Aromas of apple blossoms, minerals, citrus and tropical fruit lead to flavors of citrus, butter, apple and especially oak on the long finish.”

Decanter Magazine, January 2007

2003 Miner Cabernet Sauvignon, Oakville

“Spicy, oaky nose, good balance of black cherry fruit and oak. Rick, plump, concentrated, sumptuous fruit, chocolaty finish. 5-10 years.”

91 Points Wine Enthusiast, November 2006

2003 Miner Merlot, Stagecoach Vineyards

“Ripe with blast-in-your-mouth cherry pie, blackberry jam, dark chocolate, cassis and sun-soaked raisin flavors that go on forever, not to mention lots of rich, sweet new oak. All this flavor is balanced by fine acidity and an intricate overlay of dusty tannins, resulting in a delicious Merlot. Drink now.”

Best Buys in the Market Connoisseurs’ Guide to California Wine, October 2006

2002 Miner Syrah, La Diligence

“We are still very taken with the rich and exceptionally well-made Miner Napa Valley (Syrah) 2002 and urge fans of fine Syrah to make its acquaintance before it disappears from retailer’s shelves…”

92 Points Wine Enthusiast Magazine, October 2006

2004 Miner Pinot Noir, Rosella’s Vineyard Santa Lucia Highlands

“As is typical of wines from this appellation, the wine is fruit-driven. We’re talking a huge mouthful of cherry-rhubarb pie and oak-influenced cocoa-dusted peanut brittle flavors but fortunately the wine is totally dry and maintains a keen, acidic silkiness. Drink this big Pinot with strongly flavored food.”

92 Points Connoisseurs’ Guide to California Wine, October 2006

2004 Miner Chardonnay, Wild Yeast

“Straightforward smells of ripe apples and creamy sweet oak are backed by subtle accents of toast and lees here, and the wine’s very deep, fruit-focused flavors are similarly fit with a fine bit of balanced oak spice. If moderately full in body, the wine is never especially heavy or dense, and its steady, remarkably persistent fruit owes nothing to overblown ripeness. It shows no signs of tiring soon, but it is wholly delicious right now and requires no further age for full enjoyment.”

Restaurant Wine, Fall 2006

2005 Miner Viognier, Simpson Vineyard

“Excellent Viognier: distinct character (peach, honeysuckle), full bodied, moderately rich, and long on the finish. Fine value. Unwooded. (Four stars/Excellent)” – Ronn Wiegand MW & MS

Oakland Tribune, September 2006

2002 Miner Syrah, La Diligence

“An exceptional wine, well worth the effort to find. Although many Syrah’s go for the gusto, this carefully balanced and nicely proportioned wine achieves a bit of refinement while showing a good sense of fruity definition and richness.”

Wine & Spirits Magazine, “Best of Wine”, Fall 2006

2005 Miner Rosato, Gibson Ranch

The Wine Advocate, September 2006

2004 Miner Pinot Noir, Rosella’s Vineyard Santa Lucia Highlands

“Made in a seductive, up-front style, the elegant, medium-bodied 2004 Pinot Noir Rosella’s Vineyard displays gamy, spicy, sweet cherry and pomegranate aromas and flavors. Drink this delicious, seductive Pinot over the next 3 – 4 years.”

The Wine Advocate, September 2006

2004 Miner Pinot Noir, Garys’ Vineyard Santa Lucia Highlands

“The 2004 Pinot Noir Garys’ Vineyard possesses a slightly darker color as well as more plum, cherry and Allspice characteristics as well as a hint of wood. It is bigger-framed yet lush, heady wine that should drink nicely for 5-6 years.”

Atlanta Journal-Constitution’s Wine Recommendations 9.06

2004 Miner Pinot Noir, Garys’ Vineyard Santa Lucia Highlands

“An exciting wine with rich aromas of cocoa powder, smoke and a subtle gamey quality. This is a powerful, ripe, multifaceted wine that is, thankfully not jammy and over-extracted. It has dark berry flavors, with smoky, spicy notes of leather wafting in the background. Two thumbs way up.”

93 Points SOMM Selections – Vintrust, Fall 2006

2002 Miner The Oracle, Napa Valley Red Wine

“Flowers, violets, red fruits, spice; red cherry, spice, cedar, floral notes; lovely entry, full-bodied, fine tannins; medium length of dark fruit and spice, extremely well-integrated, great now.”

Four Star/Excellent Restaurant Wine, Fall 2006

2003 Miner The Oracle, Napa Valley Red Wine

“A fleshy, moderately intense blend that is full-bodied, smoothly textured, and long on the finish, tasting of plum jam, spicy oak, cooked meat and baked cherry.” – Ronn Wiegand MW

93 Points SOMM Selections, Vintrust, Fall 2006

2004 Miner Chardonnay, Wild Yeast

“Toasty oak, lemon cake, vanilla; texture with bright acid; long fruit, nuts, yellow flowers; integrated, balanced acid.”

96 Points SOMM selections, Vintrust, Fall 2006

2003 Miner Cabernet Sauvignon, Oakville

“Herb, eucalyptus, red/black cherry; sweet red fruit, baking spice, cedar; weighty, good density yet bright; long persistent with sweet red fruit, great density and harmony, cellar it.”

Marin Independent Journal, August 2006

2003 Miner Sangiovese, Gibson Ranch

“An admirable wine – tasty, focused, attractive. An altogether deeper, richer and more substantial offering than is the norm among its peers, this ripe and fairly well-extracted Sangiovese brings together elements of cherries, milk chocolate, sympathetic oak and touches of dusty earth. It is full and supple on the palate with nicely integrated tannins affording a welcome grip.”

91 Points Wine & Spirits Magazine, August 2006

2004 Miner Pinot Noir, Rosella’s Vineyard Santa Lucia Highlands

“This has brown spice scents and delicate flavors that bring to mind roots and coastal earth. It’s lilting and light but persistent, a mouthwatering match for roast squab with chestnut stuffing or chanterelle sauce.”

90 Points Wine & Spirits Magazine, August 2006

2003 Miner Cabernet Sauvignon, Oakville

“This shows refinement and care in its making, particularly in the rich scents of expressive oak. The fruit is super ripe, with flavors of blackberries and baked cherries, a peppercorn edge to the tannins placing it with a steak.”

91 Points Connoisseurs’ Guide to California Wine, July 2006

2002 Miner Syrah, La Diligence

“…Its fine themes of lightly spiced berries are enriched with a complement of sweet oak, and it is both supple and smooth in feel. It makes a good case for the argument that the grape can make wines of polish and style, and it will comfortably accompany entrees that want a Syrah of genuine finesse.”

“This Oakville-based winery is relatively new (1998) but quickly hit the fast lane with a string of excellent varietals sourced from Napa and beyond. This spicy, peppery mountain-grown Syrah contains smidgens of Grenache and Mourvedre.” – Anthony Dias Blue

94 Points The Arizona Republic, “Summer’s Top Rose”

2005 Miner Rosato, Gibson Ranch

“The overall impression is clean, lip-smackin’ good. The color is deep ruby rose. The fruit is ripe and tart. The aroma is dry red cherry, focused without a hint of sugar tones and the finish is dry. Well chilled, it’s the best all-around summer wine I’ve tasted in a while.” –Mark Tarbell

“A medium-bodied rose made from Sangiovese grapes. Pairing suggestions include prosciutto wrapped melon and barbequed shrimp. – Santa Rosa Press Democrat Wine Recommendation

91 Points Connoisseurs’ Guide to California Wine, July 2006

2003 Miner Merlot, Stagecoach Vineyards

“Lovely, crème brulee oakiness is everywhere apparent in the wonderfully rich and expansive, fruit-laden Merlot, and the wine displays a fine sense of varietal precision from its inviting aromas all the way through to its very long finish… it has the balance and commendable concentration to hold up for a good many years.”

San Francisco Chronicle “Top Pick”, June 2006

2005 Miner Viognier, Simpson Vineyard

“Decadently rich with textbook varietal character of peach, apricot and honeysuckle, this bottling has enough natural acidity to balance the ripe fruit.” – 2 stars, Win Editor Linda

90 Points Wine & Spirits, June 2006

2005 Miner Viognier, Simpson Vineyard

“Extremely floral, this slowly turns toward white peach flavor. A round, classically New World Viognier… chill it for braised rabbit in a light tomato sauce.”

Featured Wine on Fine Living Network show “Pairings with Andrea”, June 2006

2003 Miner Sangiovese, Gibson Ranch

Master Sommelier and renowned wine personality Andrea Immer Robinson elects Miner Sangiovese as the perfect foil to her balsamic strawberry and mozzarella flatbread and her flavorful herbed steak.

91 Points California Grapevine, June 2006

2004 Miner Pinot Noir, Rosella’s Vineyard Santa Lucia Highlands

“Plush, herbal, cedary, ripe cherry fruit flavors with notes of clove and rhubarb; well balanced and structured… Shows distinctive varietal character. Very enjoyable now and shows good aging potential. Very highly recommended.”

91 Points California Grapevine, June 2006

2004 Miner Pinot Noir, Garys’ Vineyard Santa Lucia Highlands

“Attractive, complex, relatively mature, cedary, spicy, cherry fruit aroma with hints of cola and vanilla; full body; rich, textured, cherry fruit flavors with overtones of creamy oak; medium-full to full tannin; lingering after taste. Very highly recommended.”

90 Points California Grapevine, June 2006

2004 Miner Chardonnay, Wild Yeast

“Medium-light to medium golden yellow; attractive, stylish, very forward, complex, spicy, ripe pear aroma with notes of butterscotch, ginger, roasted hazelnut, and vanilla; full body… buttery tropical fruit flavors with a note of caramel. Very highly recommended.”

88 Points California Grapevine

2004 Miner Viognier, Simpson Vineyard

“Medium-full body; forward, fleshy, supple, buttery, ripe white peach and stone fruit flavors; well-balanced and shows some delicacy… Highly recommended.”

California Grapevine

2002 Miner Sangiovese, Gibson Ranch

“Attractive, forward, toasty, rustic, red cherry fruit aroma with a hint of chocolate… well-balanced; medium full tannin; slightly tart on the finish; lingering aftertaste. Highly recommended.”

Best Of Show Red Wine Award at the San Francisco International Wine Competition 2006

2004 Miner Pinot Noir, Garys’ Vineyard Santa Lucia Highlands

Over 4,000 wines from 18 countries were tasted and judged by a panel of top sommeliers and renowned wine experts.

90 Points California Grapevine, May 2006

2002 Miner The Oracle, Napa Valley Red Wine

“Well-balanced, rich textured, cedary, black cherry fruit flavors with a full velvety mouth feel… Very highly recommended.”

92 Points Vinfolio rating: Excellent reds of 2005, Doug Wilder, Issue 30

2002 Miner The Oracle, Napa Valley Red Wine

“This is the second release of The Oracle made by Gary Brookman. All of the fruit comes from the Krupp Stagecoach Vineyard near Atlas Peak. Oracle is very dark; a deep purple-black. The nose is exceedingly rich with aromas of exotic sandalwood, grilled savory herbs, macerated black plum and currant. The palate is rounded and soft with black currant and chocolate merging into smooth cherry on the finish. Drink: 2006-2012.”

Honored as a Top 100 “Winery of the Year” by Wine & Spirits Magazine for 2006

2002 Miner Family Winery

“This winery’s flagship wine is The Oracle, made with fruite contracted from Stagecoach Vineyards, in the hills just above Oakville Ranch. The 2002 was the winery’s top-scoring red this year. It has sleek, generous texture and just enough granitic minerality to distinguish it from valley-floor Oakville wines. It tastes like it was grown in the hills.”

92 Points Wine Enthusiast, April 2006

2002 Miner Merlot, Stagecoach Vineyards

“Nicely balanced, with rich, complex, smooth tannins and very nice acids.”

92 Points Connoisseurs’ Guide to California Wine, April 2006

2003 Miner Cabernet Sauvignon, Oakville

“Focusing first on smells of ripe currants and adding in suggestions of rich loam and hints of woodsy spice, this attractive wine… Its supple, mouth filling impressions make for a wine that some will enjoy in the here and now, yet it has what it takes to grow over time, and our recommendation is to let it alone until 2010 or later.”

92 Points Connoisseurs’ Guide to California Wine, March 2006

2002 Miner Merlot, Stagecoach Vineyards

“Among the very deepest and most generously filled Merlots in this survey, this latest bottling from Miner is bursting with ripe cherries, decked out with extravagant, crème brulee oak and wonderfully well-balanced… Supple, fleshy and mouth filling, it is long and quite compelling on the palate, and there is every reason to believe that it will get better and better with a bit of time in the bottle.”

90 Points Best of Tasting – California Grapevine, March 2006

2003 Miner Cabernet Sauvignon, Oakville

“Attractive, forward, spicy, herbal, cedary, complex, black cherry and blueberry aroma with notes of green olive, mocha, and tobacco… rich, plush, highly extracted, very ripe, black cherry fruit flavors with an appealing, velvety mouth feel; well-balanced and structured. Approachable now through deserving of another five years of bottle aging. Shows distinctive varietal character. Very highly recommended.”

Decanter Magazine “Wine of the Month”, January 2006

2004 Miner Viognier, Simpson Vineyard

“Since 1997 Miner Family has been making splendid Viognier from the low-yielding Simpson Vineyard in Madera. For this 2004, the fruit was not aged in oak nor did it undergo malolactic fermentation. The result is a vibrant white offering lovely scents of white peach, tropical fruit flavors and finishes on a racy edge. Arguably one of Miner’s finest Viogniers, this 2004 will provide enjoyment over the next 2-3 years.” – Norm Roby

4+ Stars Restaurant Wine, January 2006

2003 Miner Sangiovese, Gibson Ranch

“Ripely flavored and complex, this is a medium rich, lightly oaky Sangiovese, with excellent depth and length. It tastes of blackberry, toast, cedar, cherry… An excellent version of the varietal.” – Ronn Wiegand, MW & MS

Top 100 Wines of 2005 San Francisco Chronicle, December 2005

2003 Miner Pinot Noir, Rosella’s Vineyard Santa Lucia Highlands

“A brawny, powerful style with deep plum, warm boysenberry pie, spice and licorice flavors and a touch of saddle leather.”

90 Points Connoisseurs’ Guide to California Wine, December 2005

2002 Miner The Oracle, Napa Valley Red Wine

“This wine’s combination of grapes and generously laid on oak gives it a rich, juicy style that is somewhat “sweeter” in cast than the archetypical Napa Cabernet, and there is plenty to like in its mix of ripe, near succulent fruit and creamy, caramelly notes.”

93 Points Wine & Spirits Magazine, December 2005

2002 Miner The Oracle, Napa Valley Red Wine

“Harmonious and balanced from the moment it’s first poured… impressive for its length of fresh cherry and violet aromas. They’re supported by oak and a long arc of flavor, broadening and gaining intensity and spice over the course of several days. The fruit deepens from cherry to blackberry, the texture sleek and refined. Catch the fresh flavors this winter with roast leg of lamb and rosemary, or let it mature int eh cellar through 2012.”

91 Points The Wine Report, November 2005

2002 Miner The Oracle, Napa Valley Red Wine

“Sweet black fruit, spice, vanilla… a long finish of raisins, oak and vanilla with a lively dose of tannins.”

Food & Wine, American Wine Awards 2005, October 2005

2004 Miner Viognier, Simpson Vineyard

“Best wines $20 and under: 2004 Miner Family Simpson Vineyard Viognier – Naysayers would never have believed that California’s hot Central Valley could produce a racy, vibrant white wine like this, but the Miners have proof in the bottle. Gary Brookman ferments Simpson Vineyard grapes exclusively in stainless steel to capture all their lively acidity and delicious peach-and-honeysuckle flavor.”

San Francisco Chronicle Wine Selection, October 2005

2002 Miner Syrah, La Diligence

“Aromas and flavors of black cherry, blackberry, cherry cola, chocolate and black pepper with hints of violet and spice…”

91 Points Connoisseurs’ Guide to California Wine, October 2005

2003 Miner Chardonnay, Wild Yeast

“Nothing is held back in this dramatic offering, and from its rich, toasty, caramelly coverlet to its ripe, succulent, appley fruit scents this wine starts off with a nose of enormous depth and follows on with a fleshy, open entry impression supported by a nicely firm texture across the palate. Its flavors are concentrated and full of ripe, juicy fruit yet the wine is never overdone even as it runs to a layer of caramelly richness. There is a lot to like today, and this is a wine that will keep for years.”

90 Points Connoisseurs’ Guide to California Wine, September 2005

2004 Miner Viognier, Simpson Vineyard

“This outgoing wine is so expressive right now that it practically demands immediate drinking, and when you get right down to it, what is wrong with a fruity, peachy, slightly figgy wine whose outgoing aromas are matched in intensity by its inviting flavors. Somewhat fleshy but not heavy, and open and rich yet balanced at the finish, this Viognier is one to match up with rich, savory chicken dishes.”

Sante Magazine, September 2005

2001 Miner The Oracle, Napa Valley Red Wine

“Full bodied with concentrated berry fruit with ripe black and red fruits and a hint of spice.”

93 Points Connoisseurs’ Guide to California Wine, July 2005

2002 Miner Chardonnay, Wild Yeast

“Rich and wide open with appley fruit and sweet oak in the most generous of proportions, this delectable, deeply filled, fairly full-bodied effort is enlivened by a perfect measure of brightening acidity that keeps it in trim from front to back. It is a most vital and immensely flavorful wine with little about it that is hidden and subtle, and it deserves to be served with your richest lobster or line-caught salmon preparations. It is immensely enjoyable now yet will hold well for awhile.”

San Francisco Chronicle, Tasting Panel Recommendation June 2005

2003 Miner Pinot Noir, Garys’ Vineyard Santa Lucia Highlands

91 Points & 2 Stars Connoisseurs’ Guide to California Wine, June 2005

2003 Miner Pinot Noir, Garys’ Vineyard Santa Lucia Highlands

“Concentrated fruit is the force that guides this optimally ripened young wine, yet, while eminently fruity in character, it is laced with lovely oak spice and shows a genuine sense of complexity. Slightly fleshy and then slightly firm on the palate, it has a bit of Pinot’s classic velvety feel but does show its youthful acidity at the end. Its late-arriving tannins and minor touches of finishing heat are matched step for step by unflagging fruit, and a few years of time in the cellar seem certain to make this very good thing even better.”

90 Points Wine & Spirits Magazine

2001 Miner Syrah, La Diligence

92 Points Wine Enthusiast

2002 Miner Pinot Noir, Rosella’s Vineyard Santa Lucia Highlands

“The classic cool-climate Pinot Noir shows the crisp acids, silky texture and lush, intricate flavors… cherries with nuances of cola, rhubarb, oaky vanilla and peppery spice. Not only a fun wine, but a complex one that distinguishes the appellation.” -SH

92 Points Wine Enthusiast Magazine

2001 Miner Merlot, Stagecoach Vineyards

“From a famed vineyard, a strong and pedigreed wine. The structure immediately alerts you that it’s an important, with its firm, sweet tannins, ripe fruit and crisp acids, not to mention the fine oak…” – SH

3 Stars Food & Wine Magazine, Wine Guide 2005

2002 Miner Chardonnay, Napa Valley

“This oozes sunshine and digs deep into the earth for great mineral flavors.”

4 Stars Restaurant Wine

2004 Miner Chardonnay, Napa Valley

“Excellent Chardonnay, in a full, crisp, lightly oaked style. It is moderately intense in flavor (peach, lemon peel, orange blossom), and medium long on the finish.”

4 Stars Food & Wine Magazine, Wine Guide 2005

2001 Miner Cabernet Sauvignon, Oakville

“A motherlode of cassis, coffee and spice flavors.”

93 Points Wine Enthusiast Magazine

2001 Miner Cabernet Sauvignon, Oakville

“A great success that showcases its origins in the rich, sweet tannins that support the well-ripened fruit. Blackcurrants, cassis, white chocolate and oaky vanilla falvors drink extraordinarily deep and long, in this soft wine. It’s almost a dessert, except it’s dry.” – S.H.

91 Points California Grapevine

2002 Miner Cabernet Sauvignon, Oakville

“Rich, plummy, cassis, and very ripe, sweet red berry fruit flavors with overtones of creamy oak. Well structured, full tannin, lingering aftertaste. Shows very accessible fruit. Very highly recommended.”

Sunset Magazine Wine Award, “Red Wine of the Year” 2005

2002 Miner Cabernet Sauvignon, Oakville

“Dave and Emily Miner stole the main show in our tasting, with this rich and structured Cabernet. Lean, briary red fruit and coffee aromas are balanced with tannins and oak for a great model of a Napa Cab. Their hillside winery on the east side of the valley also gets our vote for an excellent place to visit.”

96 Points 2005 #1 Wine of the Year – The Wine Report

2002 Miner Cabernet Sauvignon, Oakville

Exceptional Value – “This wine proved to be a conundrum for tasters. They felt it was so very good now, but could see an even brighter future for this deep, ruby red stunner… Robust fruits and tannins flooded their palates and left a lingering finish of bright, ripe fruit and solid but not overpowering tannins…”

4 Stars Restaurant Wine, April 2005

2003 Miner Pinot Noir, Rosella’s Vineyard Santa Lucia Highlands

“This Rosella’s is supple and medium rich; a wine with velvety texture, toast, plum, cherry, nutmeg aromas/flavors, and medium length… The Garys’ is riper, somewhat richer wine; full bodied, berry-like in flavor (with toasty, oaky overtones), and a long, lightly tannic finish.” – Ronn Wiegand, MW & MS

4 Stars Restaurant Wine, April 2005

2003 Miner Pinot Noir, Garys’ Vineyard Santa Lucia Highlands

“The Rosella’s is supple and medium rich; a wine with velvety texture, toast, plum, cherry, nutmeg aromas/flavors, and medium length… The Garys’ is riper, somewhat richer wine; full bodied, berry-like in flavor (with toasty, oaky overtones), and a long, lightly tannic finish”. – Ronn Weigand, MW & MS

91 Points Wine & Spirits Magazine, April 2005

2001 Miner Merlot, Oakville

“Heady in its dark chocolate richness, this supple Merlot is a dense mesh of fruit, tannin and oak. The firmness of the structure keeps it from feeling thick, and allows the subtle, cedary complexity to last. Built for a steak house.”

91 Points Wine & Spirits Magazine, April 2005

2002 Miner Chardonnay, Wild Yeast

88 Points Wine & Spirits Magazine, April 2005

2003 Miner Chardonnay, Napa Valley

93 Points & 2 Puffs Connoisseurs’ Guide to California Wine, April 2005

2001 Miner Cabernet Sauvignon, Oakville

“From its deep, blackcurrant fruit to its suggestions of olives and fresh loamy earth, this very impressive effort is nothing short of classic Cabernet in all its respects. It is nicely extracted with no hint of excess, and its wonderfully rich oak is always subservient to its unstinting fruit. Its finely spun tannins provide the right bit of structural spine, and, behind its immediate flush of richness and fruit, it shows itself to be a most serious wine that is sure to get better and better with time…”

90 Points Anthony Dias Blue for Patterson’s Beverage Journal, March 2005

2002 Miner Zinfandel, Napa Valley

“Pure berry fruit and racy acidity; long, graceful and stylish.”

89 Points Connoisseurs’ Guide to California Wine, March 2005

2003 Miner Chardonnay, Napa Valley

“Ample body, a smooth and slightly fleshy feel and equal parts of juicy apples and sweet, mildly caramelly oak makes for a most successful recipe here. Although it is fairly ripe in tone, the wine keeps its alcohols well hidden, and its sustained, very flavorful finish is free of the coarseness that sometimes comes in wines of such ripeness and ambition. Full and balanced dry white. Try with rich seafood and fowl dishes.”

92 Points Wine Enthusiast Magazine, December 2004

2001 Miner Syrah, La Diligence

“Pure, sweet black currant and black cherry fruit, with a spicy peppery finish and generous oak.”

3 Stars Decanter, Rated in “Top Wines of the Year”, December 2004

2002 Miner Pinot Noir, Garys’ Vineyard Santa Lucia Highlands

4 Stars Decanter, December 2004 rated in the “Top Wines of the Year” issue

2001 Miner Cabernet Sauvignon, Oakville

“Vanilla, roasted coffee and mint. Vanilla and coffee beans, some chocolate. Quite soft tannins with roundness and soft body. Good length. Drink up to 2015.”

89 Points Connoisseurs’ Guide to California Wine, November 2004

2001 Miner Syrah, La Diligence

“Ripe, sweetly fruity and fairly oaky with notes of raspberry in the background of its expected blackberry and spice scents, this one has the aromas of a riper St. Joseph from the northern Rhone. It is reasonably dense but never heavy on the palate, and its load of slightly coarse tannins are those of youth and will settle out with a bit of bottle aging.”

90 Points Wine Spectator, November 2004

2003 Miner Sauvignon Blanc

“Fragrant and lively, a racy style with generous depth to the tangy grapefruit, passion fruit, grass and melon flavors. Drink now.”

93 Points Wine Enthusiast, November 2004

2002 Miner Pinot Noir, Garys’ Vineyard Santa Lucia Highlands

“…richly intricate, a tapestry of red cherry, cola, rosehip tea, cinnamon, mocha, vanilla and smoky oak. Simply delicious, and so smooth, so fine in the mouth.” – SH

93 Points & 2 Puffs Connoisseurs’ Guide to California Wine, November 2004

2001 Miner The Oracle, Napa Valley Red Wine

“This deep and riveting mix of Bordelais varietals is at once both wonderfully rich and very well polished, and it goes places that can not be explained by Merlot alone. Its generous themes of cassis and black cherries are laced with highlights of cocoa and rich loamy earth, and its considerable oak is placed in just such a way as to add richness and range yet not challenge the wine’s preeminent fruit. It has so much going on that it will tempt early drinking, but five or six years needs to pass before it grows into all it could be.”

90 Points Wine Enthusiast Magazine, November 2004

2002 Miner Chardonnay, Napa Valley

Gold Star Award for exceptional merit Sante Magazine, Fall 2004

2000 Miner Merlot, Oakville

90 Points & 1 Puff Connoisseurs’ Guide to California Wine, September 2004

2002 Miner Chardonnay, Napa Valley

“Very keenly focused aromas of ripe apples, crème brulee, butter and caramel start this handsome wine off with richness and an inviting sense of depth…”

90 Points Wine Country Living, July 2004

2003 Miner Rosato, Gibson Ranch

“Terrific freshness, tanginess and fruitiness make this great for summertime drinking. Tasty citrus and floral aromas and flavors. Deep coral color.”

90 Points Wine Spectator, July 2004

2001 Miner Chardonnay, Wild Yeast

“This is a complex, elegant wine with buttery pear, fig, apricot and melon flavors that are focused and persistent.”

91 Points & 2 Puffs Connoisseurs’’ Guide to California Wine, June 2004

2002 Miner Pinot Noir, Garys’ Vineyard Santa Lucia Highlands

“Positively plush in character and simply brimming with the very ripe fruit qualities that are quintessentially Californian, Miner’s version of Garys’ Vineyard Pinot will win smiles aplenty for its opulence and sheer generosity….”

Bronze Medal Winner San Francisco International Wine Competition, June 2004

2000 Miner Cabernet Sauvignon, Oakville

90 Points & 1 Puff Connoisseurs’ Guide to California Wine, May 2004

2001 Miner Zinfandel, Napa Valley

“If leaning a little more on its rich, spicy, creamy oak than on its ripe blackberry and slightly cassis fruit, this lovely bottling is always well-endowed with that latter necessity, and its outgoing aromas matched in intensity, range and richness by its very inviting flavors. Balanced and polished through it drinks well now but will hold up well in bottle.”

4 Stars Restaurant Wine

2001 Miner Pinot Noir, Garys’ Vineyard Santa Lucia Highlands

“A luscious, full bodied, somewhat toasty wine, with good depth of flavor and very long finish….”

Best of 50 Tasted The Wall Street Journal: Dow Jones Expensive Pinot Noir Index

2001 Miner Pinot Noir, Garys’ Vineyard Santa Lucia Highlands

“Massive, cherry/berry, lilac, roasted nose that you can smell across the room. Absolutely chewy/rich nose, bursting with fruit. Classy and tight, with bing cherries and blackberries. Serious wine, clearly expensive. Layered with tobacco and cedar, vanilla and spices. It’s like a meal, with a long finish. Truly classy, with a touch of cream. “I could wear this behind my ears,” Dottie says. A rich, mouth-coating splendor.”

Top Five “Top Five” All-American wines of 2004, Bon Appetit Magazine

2001 Miner The Oracle, Napa Valley Red Wine

Finest California Chardonnay Forbes.com, May 2004

2001 Miner Chardonnay, Wild Yeast

“A highly seductive wine.”

87 Points Wine Spectator, 2004

2001 Miner Cabernet Sauvignon, Oakville

“A fleshy wine, with smooth cherry, plum and blackberry fruit that’s supple and engaging, turning elegant and graceful. Drink now through 2008. 2,000 cases made.” –JL

4 Stars Restaurant Wine

2001 Miner Chardonnay, Wild Yeast

“A complex, full bodied, finely flavored Chardonnay, with subtle aromas/flavors (apple, lemon peel, vanilla, roasted nut) and a very long finish.”

90 Points Wine & Spirits Mgazine, April 2004

2001 Miner Chardonnay, Wild Yeast

“All about richness, this emphasizes the broad toasty flavors of wood, from coffee to caramel, while the dry grapefruit aspects add an edge. Enjoy this now for its round, supple texture, or cellar to let the complexity evolve.”

MSNBC, February 2004

2000 Miner Merlot, Stagecoach Vineyards

“The Miner Merlot is a more major wine, so to speak – bigger, darker and more complex, “proof positive,” says Miner’s Web site, “that we will never hang our hats on a wimpy, diluted and flavorless Merlot.” They don’t have to worry about that. The wine has sweet, chalky aromas and is full of ripe fruit tastes, including cherry, currant and blackberry with notes of chocolate. The tannins are balanced by the beautiful fruit and there is nice complexity. This is a big, rich Merlot made for cold-weather foods (fill in your favorite roast here).”

93 Points Wine Enthusiast Magazine, December 2003

2000 Miner Merlot, Stagecoach Vineyards

“Great Merlot, one that rises above the ordinary to achieve real distinction… So rich. It’s almost its own food group.” – Editors Choice

88 Points Wine Spectator, September 2003

2001 Miner Pinot Noir, Garys’ Vineyard Santa Lucia Highlands

“Appealing for its delicacy and finesse, with ripe, vibrant black cherry, plum and wild berry fruit that’s smooth-textured, with pretty oak shadings and a long, complex aftertaste. Drink now through 2006.”

91 Points California Grapevine, Very Highly Recommended, August 2003

2001 Miner Pinot Noir, Garys’ Vineyard Santa Lucia Highlands

“Medium-light to medium brackish ruby; attractive, intense, smoky, toasty, slightly herbaceous, ripe cherry fruit aroma with hints of clove, bacon fat and vanilla; medium-full body; forward, rich, plush, supple, rounded, ripe black cherry fruit flavors; well-balanced and structured. Shows distinctive varietal character and very enjoyable to drink now…”

Wine Spectator, June 2003

2000 Miner Merlot, Stagecoach Vineyards

“Well-crafted, with a core of mocha, currant, herb and mineral flavors, finishing with a touch of espresso. Turns firmly tannic on the finish. Short-term cellaring is advised. Best from 2004 through 2010.”

93 Points The Wine News, June/July 2003 issue

1999 Miner Cabernet Sauvignon, Oakville

“Magnificent… A bouquet of black cherry and black currant is punctuated by scents of cumin, sweet white oak, licorice and a curious but pleasing Port-like nuances. Soft, velvety-smooth texture supports magnificent flavors of black cherry and black currant with threads of licorice and mint laced through the core.”

88 Points Wine Spectator, 2003

2000 Miner Cabernet Sauvignon, Oakville

“Plenty to admire in this ripe, supple, harmonious wine. A core of ripe plum, black cherry, blackberry and spicy, cedary nuances combine to give complexity and charm. Fine-grained yet chalky tannins on the finish make it approachable now. Best from 2004 through 2012. 1,008 cases made.” –JL

92 Points Wine Spectator, August 2002

1999 Miner Cabernet Sauvignon, Oakville

“Beautifully defined fruit flavors, with layers of rip, rich currant, black cherry, plum and wild berry. Shows a remarkable measure of finesse and harmony for its size, with pretty floral and minty aromas. Best from 2003 through 2012.”

91 Points & 2 Puffs Connoisseurs’ Guide to California Wine, August 2002

1999 Miner Cabernet Sauvignon, Oakville