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2003 Miner Family The Oracle Napa Valley Red Wine (750ml)
Producer: Miner Family Vineyards minerwines.com
Appellation: Napa Valley - California - United States (AVA)
Type: red
Varietal: Cabernet Sauvignon - Merlot - Cabernet Franc - Malbec
Maturity: Drink
Rating: Outstanding
Est. Price: US$65.00
Tasting Notes:
tasted: October 30, 2006 , Brad Kanipe
4 stars "My wife and I were lucky enough to sample a vertical tasting of the first three releases of the Oracle wine from Miner. The 2001, 2002, 2003. Tasting Notes: 2001: The wine came off slightly astringent, possibly high alcohol, but still nice. 2002: Well balanced, full and fruity. I didn't find it quite as complex or maybe ageworthy as the '03. This was my wife's favorite. 2003: Well balanced, a little more tannins than the 2002. The overall charecter leaned more towards an earthy flavor, than the fruit overtones from the '02. The tannins bothered Jen, they may mellow with age. I did not find them overwhelming. My order of preference is: 2003,2002,2001. Jen's 2002,2001,2003. It just goes to show that even though we both tasted similar charecteristics, our preferences still differed. "
tasted: November 16, 2008 , from a member
91 points "Color: deep; Nose: fragrant; Aromas: dried fruit; Acidity: lively; Sweetness: dry; Body: firm; Finish: medium; Overall: elegant; Very nice blend. Rich with fruits & smooth tannins. "
tasted: June 28, 2009 , Mark Milani
95 points "Really enjoyed this wine. Full-bodied, well balanced wine. Wish I had more. " Best 2008-2012
rated: September 15, 2006 , Miner Family Vineyards minerwines.com
"Distinctly deep in color with aromas of cassis, mocha and vanilla that give way to a palate full of intense flavors of black cherry, leather and spice that smoothly merge into a lush, long finish. Refined, fresh and rich now but will mature in the cellar with finesse. The Oracle is a Bordeaux-style blend inspired by the ancient Greek Oracle, the center of prophecy and wisdom. The fruit for this wine is sourced from Napa Valley’s renowned Stagecoach Vineyard, and the blend changes each year based on what we believe makes the best wine from what nature has given us. "
rated: September 9, 2008 , Catherine Granger ManageYourCellar.com
4 stars "dark color, black fruits and vanilla nose, full-bodied, plush flavors on the palate, lenghty finish."