Tempranillo, Miner Family Vineyards, Sierra Foothills, Silverado Trail, Napa Valley, California, 2010, 14.5% abv, $US28

We’re back in Canada from our trip to Napa – and you know what that means! TAXES!

I paid duty and taxes at the border on the 20 non-exempt bottles of wine to the tune of $338. Essentially that means an average of $16.90 tacked onto the cost of each of those bottles. I am reeeeally going to enjoy every single one of them. And I’ll toast Canadian sidewalks, public services and medical care at the same time. *Sigh*

Coming back to Miner Family, I’m full of pleasant memories – thief tasting, Cory’s knowledgeable tour and the extensive caves. So, I’ll concentrate on those and focus on the beauty of this seriously tasty wine.

Clear and bright, deep purple and legs noted – even in the paper cup. (I know, I know – I’m drinking this surreptitiously on the BC Ferry to Saltspring Island with Alison).

On the nose, clean with medium plus intense aromas of cassis, black Damson plums, black cherry and sweet vanilla and clove. A developing wine.

The palate is dry with medium acidity on the back end and dusty tannins. Medium alcohol and medium body go along with a medium plus flavour concentration of deep, dark boysenberries, cassis and ripe purple plums. Some Licorice All Sorts, cigar box, black spice and vanilla complement the fruit. The finish is long on this a very good wine.

It’s so comforting to know that the taxes I just paid on this wine are subsidizing the ferry on which I’m drinking said-wine. Oh Canada.

I need another drink.



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