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2010 Miura Talley Vineyard Pinot Noir

2010 Miura Talley Vineyard Pinot Noir Arroyo Grande AVA, San Luis Obispo

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Today's Wine Comments:

This is as rare as it gets. It’s also a damn fine bottle of Pinot Noir.

The big gun behind this cult label is Emmanuel Kemiji, Master Sommelier (only the 12th American national to earn the title) and passionate lover of all things wine. Kemiji was chosen as “Wine Director of the Year” in the Critics Choice Awards, and the San Francisco Chronicle named Kemiji as one of the “10 Winemakers to Watch for 2000.” His style of winemaking is bold, lush, New World and fruit driven. His Pinots are an experience in opulence. They are also made in extremely limited amounts and snapped up as soon (or before) they hit the shelves of boutique retailers.

Seductive and deeply alluring, this Pinot Noir suggests more aromas and flavors than can be fit on a web page… dried porcini mushrooms, black plum, fresh wet earth, caramelized oak notes and ripe blackberries plucked right from the bush, Talley produced a spicy, boldly full bodied Pinot in 2010 and one that promises a long life ahead in the cellar.

As proprietor of Miura Vineyards, Kemiji has carte blanche to bring his stylistic dreams to the real world, or at least to those lucky few on the mailing list. As the Connoisseurs’ Guide to California Wines recently said—“Miura wines are not easy to find…they deserve your attention.” Well, we have gone and done the hard part, which leaves our Members the easy and sooooo pleasurably remainder!

Reasons why we love it:

The name Miura comes from the name of the most revered breeder of Spanish fighting bulls, which tells you something about the power and breed behind this label.

Talley Vineyard sits in the heart of the Arroyo Grande Valley AVA, in the southernmost portion of San Juis Obispo County. Miura is fortunate to own a two- acre parcel in the highly coveted West Rincon block. Miura farms two clones of Pinot here: the early maturing Dijon clone and the older, slightly later maturing Pommard clones, two of the finest Pinots available.

The 2010 vintage in this part of California’s Central Coast yielded excellent wines and nowhere more so than from Talley Vineyard. Typically, this region’s mild winters lead to early flowering in the Spring. In 2010 the summer was uncharacteristically cool, which lengthened the ripening period several weeks and, in the words of winemaker Emmanuel Kemiji made “what I believe is one of the most complex wines we have ever made from this magnificent vineyard.”

Talley is one of the earliest ripening Pinot Noir sites in California because of the mild winter that leads to early flowering. In 2010 the cool summer extended the ripening period by several weeks making what I believe is one of the most complex wines we have ever made from this magnificent vineyard.

Born in the United States, but raised in Spain and England, Kemiji is a graduate of the University of California at Davis. Apart from his Economics and Spanish Literature degrees, he also studied Viticulture and Oenology, eventually leading to his interest in wine and the formation of Miura Vineyards in 1995 and Candela Cellars in 1998 (sister value label to Miura showcasing promising younger vineyards), Almvs in 2000 (a Bordeaux blend - Cuvee Kemiji & Portay), Antigv²s in 2001, Acvs in 2003, and two projects in Spain – Arrels and Clos Pissarra.

After a remarkable career as a Master Sommelier, Emmanuel Kemiji took his passion for wine to the vineyards in 1995, when he partnered with his college roommate Byron Kosuge to create the boutique Miura label. Miura is named after the most coveted and feared breed of fighting bull in Spain. The Miuri bottles are unique sporting an etched image of a red-eyed bull rather than a paper label. His Pisoni Vineyard Pinot Noir is a widely acclaimed cult wine. After launching Miura, Kemiji went on to collaborate with an unlikely group of winemakers, including Chef Laurent Manrique to create the Acvs label and its acclaimed Almus wines.

The name Miura is derived from Don Eduardo Miura, the most famous breeder of Spanish fighting bulls and a name synonymous with nobility, boldness, and power. In 1989 Kemiji became the thirteenth American to pass the Master Sommelier exam in London, England, and one of only seven to date to pass on his first attempt. In the same year he was chosen “Sommelier of the Year” by the California Restaurant Writers Association while director of Wine & Spirits at The Ritz-Carlton in San Francisco.

Kemiji was also chosen “Wine Director of the Year” in the Critics Choice Awards and was honored in the August 1999 issue of San Francisco Magazine. The San Francisco Chronicle named Kemiji as one of the “10 Winemakers to Watch for 2000.” He has also been a regular wine judge at the Los Angeles County Fair and the San Francisco International Wine Competition.

Miura wines are difficult to locate but they are available in fine wine retail stores and on the internet. The style is big and bold, fruit-driven and lush.

An absolute perfect wine to enjoy alongside whiskey-baked ham or fettuccini alfredo.

Wine Ratings

94 Insider Points

Wine Reviews

We’re back with a new release of Talley Vineyard Pinot, a beautiful representation of a specific terroir for growing Pinot Noir.  This Monterey vineyard offers aromas of deep, loamy earth, blackberries and forest floor.  The mouth offers an array of blackberries and cola, with some tangy acidity that keeps the wine very bright and lingering.  A very classy and enjoyable wine.  As with all of Kemiji’s wines, there is an emphasis on balance and purity that makes this wine incredibly appealing.  Enjoy now through 2020. - DZ Oct 2015

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