VOLUME 9, ISSUE 39
March 29, 2014
ARTICLES IN THIS ISSUE:
Adventures on the Pinot Trail: World of Pinot Noir - The Seminars Adventures on the Pinot Trail: World of Pinot Noir: The Tastings Talisman: 2010 Pinots are a Giant Step Up from the Ordinary Pfendler Vineyards: Exceptional Wines in 2012 Honor Peter Pfendler Bernardus Winery: Pinot Noir Transcends the Ordinary Winter Games: Taste of International Pinot Noir Sips of Recently Tasted California Wines Sips of Recently Tasted Oregon Wines Pinot Briefs On The Pinot Trail: Rocking K Vineyard Cottages
Mi Sueño means "my dream" in Spanish, a fitting name for winemaker and proprietor Rolando Herrera who arrived in the United States in 1975 from Michoacan, Mexicao at the age of 15, and began his career as a dishwasher at Auberge du Soleil before working harvest at Stag's Leap Wine Cellars. Under the mentoring of vintner Warren Winiarski, Herrera worked his way from "cellar rat" to cellar master and went on to develop his winemaking skills at Chateau Potelle, Vine Cliff, and Paul Hobbs.
The winery is located in an unassuming corporate park south of downtown Napa. Herrara crafts limited production, hand-crafted lots of wine including Pinot Noir using native yeasts. Sourcing fruit from leased vineyards farmed exclusively by Mi Sueño, wines are vinified from multiple appellations include Napa Valley, Los Carneros, Russian River Valley and Sonoma Mountain, he produces Chardonnay, Syrah, Cabernet Sauvignon, Proprietary Red and Pinot Noir. A second label, Herrera, includes very limited releases of Cabernet Sauvignon and Pinot Noir.
The wines are available on the website. Tasting is at the Vintner's Collective, 1245 Main Street, in Napa (Wednesday-Monday, 11:00 to 6:00).
Articles About Mi Sueño
2007 Mi Sueño Los Carneros Pinot Noir
13.7% alc., $37. · The nose is very appealing and picks up intensity in the glass. Dark cherries, herbs and green garden are featured. Delicious and nuanced with flavors of cherries, berries, earth, cola and mocha coming and going. Soft and smooth with admirable persistence on the fruity finish. A classic and classy Pinot Noir. Reviewed June 16, 2009 ARTICLE »
2006 Mi Sueño Winery Ulises Valdez Vineyard Russian River Valley Pinot Noir
14.7% alc., $27 (375 ml). Unfined and unfiltered. · A very distinctive ripe style of Pinot Noir. Unusual nose of roasted plums, oats, maple syrup and brioche. Rich, ripe and plush slightly roasted flavors of blackberries and raspberries with an undertone of root beer. Substantial intensity with harmonious t n’ a and a lingering finish. Reviewed June 16, 2009 ARTICLE »
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