Happy Summer! We have many updates from the vineyard and winery to share with you. As always, thank you for your support of our family winery!
It’s been an “interesting” Spring and early start to Summer. The Spring season saw relatively cool temperatures, with vigorous vine growth due to the extensive ground moisture from the drought ending rains of Winter. Then, on June 11, a rare hailstorm was observed in parts of Lodi. By contrast, just one week later on June 18, extreme temperatures over 105 degrees were recorded, beginning a heatwave that continues as I write this. As a result, we have taken careful steps to manage the vine canopy to ensure better coverage for the west side of the vines but still opening up the vine for enhanced airflow. Veraison is now just around the corner when we will see the first color of this year’s fruit.
2016 Rosé – SOLD OUT
Thanks to overwhelming interest by all of you, we are completely sold out of our 2016 Rosé. For those interested in receiving an allocation next year, please remember that priority is given to those that buy a case or more of our flagship Zinfandel. While we are looking to increase production of the Rosé for 2017, it will still be in the “tens” of cases, so please make sure you stay alert when we open up pre-orders early next year.
2016 Petite Sirah
Last month, Kian and I barrel tasted our inaugural Petite Sirah vintage, and we can’t adequately describe how excited we are! Harvested in September 2016, the wine demonstrates the deep color, rich tannins, and the fruity, blueberry notes you would expect from a PS. Like the Rosé, we expect this to sell out immediately. Priority purchasing is given to those folks who purchase a case or more of the Zinfandel. We will provide more details as we approach bottling in 2018.
We are proud to announce that the San Francisco Chronicle Wine Competition has awarded our 2014 Mikami Vineyards Zinfandel a Double Gold Medal. The largest and most prestigious wine competition in the United States, the SF Chronicle Competition tasted more than 7,000 entries from around the country.
This brings us now our 5th Gold Medal or better award over the past 6 years, and our 3rd Double Gold or Best of Class among those years. Please let us know ASAP if you would like an order of the 2014.
Our recent San Francisco Chronicle Wine Competition results for our vintages:
- 2014 – Double Gold
- 2013 – Double Gold
- 2012 – Gold
- 2010 – Best of Class
- 2009 – Gold
We are excited to announce that our 2013 Zinfandel has been rated 90 points by Wine Enthusiast. Together with our Double Gold Medal from the San Francisco Chronicle Competition, our Zinfandel continues its tradition of being well loved by both our customers and by the “experts.”
As you know, our aim with our startup is to produce wine that honors our family. We are lucky to have the support from all of you that pushes us to make the very best wine possible each year. Thank you!
The full tasting report for the wine can be read here.
We have released the first vintage of our Mikami Vineyards Rosé!
In 2008, we released our first Zinfandel, which would go on to earn multiple Gold Medals, 90+ point scores, and extremely loyal fans like you. Now 8 years later, we have our second wine and hope everyone enjoys this wine as much.
In keeping with our singular focus on quality, the 2015 Rosé was a minuscule first release, enabling us to manage every excruciating detail of the wine. Contact with the skin lasted 3 days, giving this first vintage a unique, darker hue for a Rosé. Fermentation took place in a neutral barrel with aging in stainless steel. The result was a delicious, fully dry Rosé. Here’s Kian’s tasting notes:
Deep, brilliant dark pink color. A lively, vibrant nose of raspberry and pomegranate aromatics, with subtle cinnamon spice notes. This wine is wonderfully refreshing on the palate, with balanced acidity that compliments the red fruit flavors beautifully; it finishes with a crisp, long finish. A versatile wine that will compliment many dishes.
Unfortunately, all of the Rosé is SOLD OUT until our 2016, which will be released in March of 2017.
As always, thank you for your support!
For the 4th time in the past 5 years, our flagship Zinfandel has been recognized by the prestigious San Francisco Chronicle Wine Competition. This year, the 2013 Zinfandel won the honor of Double Gold.
As noted by Randy Caparoso, writer for the Lodi Wine Commission the SOMM Journal, “When you taste this Zinfandel, you understand why the discriminating San Francisco Chronicles judges have consistently loved this vineyard: it yields a voluminous red wine – bursting at the seams with classic Lodi style Zinfandel perfumes of strawberry, Bing cherry and black tea – yet remains even keeled and velvety in its medium-full bodied weight.” For additional information, please see Randy’s complete article here.
We are currently shipping the 2013 so if you would like to purchase, please email us ASAP as we have limited inventory.
Here is the list of Gold or better awards from this competition over the past 5 years:
- 2013 – Double Gold
- 2012 – Gold
- 2010 – Best of Class, Zinfandel
- 2009 – Gold
Adding to the recognition received earlier in the year from Wine Enthusiast and the San Francisco Chronicle, our 2012 Zinfandel has been awarded a Gold Medal from Sunset Magazine’s International Wine Competition.
With this “Triple Crown,” the 2012 is now the most awarded wine we’ve produced to date. It is an honor, and we will be working hard to continue this tradition with our upcoming releases.
In the August 2015 issue of the Wine Enthusiast, our 2012 Mikami Vineyards Zinfandel has been awarded 90 points. We are excited and humbled to receive yet another prestigious review for our wine. This, in addition to our Gold Medal from the San Francisco Chronicle Wine Competition, continues to validate our winemaking philosophies: Quality, Handcrafted, Attention to Detail. Here are the tasting notes from the magazine:
“This is a full-bodied but easy-drinking wine with ample ripe fruit flavors and attractive accents from oak aging, like vanilla, nutmeg and a touch of brown sugar. It coats the mouth with rich fruitiness and lingers on the finish in a compelling manner. — J.G. (8/1/2015)”
We hope everyone who reserved an allocation has enjoyed the wine, and for those who have not yet purchased, please contact us immediately to claim the limited inventory remaining.
We are excited to announce that our 2012 Zinfandel has been awarded a Gold Medal at the prestigious San Francisco Chronicle Wine Competition. Recognized as the largest competition of American wines in the world, the event saw over 6,400 wines entered this year.
This year’s Gold Medal represents our third Gold, with our 2009, 2010, and the current 2012 release as recipients, with the 2010 having the additional recognition of being Best of Class.
Customers wanting to secure an allocation of the 2012 should email us at firstname.lastname@example.org as inventory is extremely limited.
For a complete listing of all wines in our category, please visit here.
The 2011 Mikami Vineyards Zinfandel is now officially sold out. For those that would like to purchase wine should join our newsletter group to be eligible to reserve an allocation for the 2012 release. The 2012 Mikami Vineyards Zinfandel will be released in late October. We will again only have 125 cases available so please let us know your desired allocation as soon as possible.
In the early hours of September 12, we completed our harvest for 2014. Totaling approximately 2.5 tons, the grapes were immediately transported to the winery for crush.
Ready for crush!
For 2014 the fruit load was managed even more meticulously than previous years, with a portion of the vines restricted to only one grape cluster per shoot. The resulting fruit is fantastic, and Kian is extremely excited about the color and flavor profile! It’s somewhat sad as we still have to wait another 16-18 months before we see the fully finished product.