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Wine Enthusiast Awards 2013 Zinfandel 90 Points

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.

Inaugural Rosé Released (And Sold Out)

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!

2013 Zinfandel named Double Gold winner at 2016 SF Chronicle Competition

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

Sunset Magazine Awards 2012 Zinfandel Gold Medal

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.

2012 Mikami Vineyards Zinfandel Awarded 90 Points from Wine Enthusiast

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.

2012 Zinfandel Awarded Gold Medal at SF Chronicle Wine Competition

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 as inventory is extremely limited.

For a complete listing of all wines in our category, please visit here.

2011 Vintage SOLD OUT, Allocations for 2012 Available

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.

2014 Harvest and Crush Complete

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!

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.

Wine Enthusiast Recognizes Mikami Vineyards as “Trail Blazer”

Jason and Kian We are honored to be recognized by Wine Enthusiast in its July issue as one of the leading artisan winemakers in the Lodi appellation.  As we move towards the release of our 5th vintage later this year, this acknowledgement validates our efforts in producing only the highest quality wines possible and energizes us for the future!

You can read the article here:

Our Japanese American History

Recently we were honored to be featured in Nikkei West, a news site covering the Japanese American community.

As noted in the article, we are proud to be one of a small number of Japanese American families engaged in the grape and wine business.  During the early to mid-2oth century, Japanese immigrants were an integral part of California agriculture.  However, now in the 21st century, very few of the children of those laborers still engage in farming.  With our wine, we hope to honor the tireless efforts of our parents and grandparents.

We hope you enjoy the article.  Please click on the images to enlarge.

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