95 Point Pedigree - Wine Advocate
94 Insider Points
The 2010 release from Miura is classic Santa Lucia Highlands Syrah, and the last vintage from this amazing vineyard source, and equally amazing winemaker. Sexy and sleek, cherries, blackberries, plums, some gentle smokiness laced through it and a mouthful of soft, generous, pure fruit. The wine is full-bodied but generous, with some delicious acidity and silky smooth tannins that follow all the way through to the finish. A real delight and very well structured. Enjoy now through 2022. - DZ
Santa Lucia Highlands, CA
Antiqv2s has been dedicated strictly to ultra-premium single vineyard Santa Lucia Highlands Syrah since 2001, but it has also been one of the region’s best kept secrets for years. Today, we are excited to bring our Members this premier offer, but sad to announce that this 2010 vintage is the last of this great wine to be produced by the renowned Master Sommelier Emmanuel Kemiji.
It’s truly a spectacular vintage sourced from Gary Franscioni and Gary Pisoni's famous vineyard, the one Parker called a “grand cru site of the Santa Lucia Highlands.” While the vineyard is known mostly for its superb Pinot Noir, this Syrah refuses to be overshadowed and fights for its promising results that dare to eclipse the highly sought after Pinot. It’s lush, pedigreed and perfectly assembled from "one of the finest growing regions in California" according to Dan Berger.
Reasons why we love it
- When a wine expert makes wine the results are mindblowing. Kemiji has a resume like no other and he has put his superior wine knowledge to spectacular use. His vast experience has lead him to producing wines only from the finest California vineyards. And our Tasting Panel considers Gary's Vineyard “one of the best on the planet!”
- You may remember 2010 as a rough growing season for California, but this particular growing site blossomed with quality especially for the Syrah vines planted at the very top of Gary’s Vineyard. The result is stylish and sumptuous and carefully crafted by Kemiji’s longtime Winemaker - and UCD college roommate - Byron Kosuge. It’s exactly what we have come to expect from the duo whose Syrahs are self-indulgent yet pleasantly refined, a real classic northern Rhone-style expression.
- What’s truly exciting is what the Antiqv2s label has been able to do to showcase this varietal in all its concentration and complexity. Rich color and deep flavors develop on prestigious vines that are vigilantly nurtured throughout a very long growing season, while attractive and crisp acidity is kept intact for a thoroughly rewarding result. Our northern Rhone enthusiasts will want to stock up on this vibrant vintage as they will discover this flavor profile is one their palate will crave over and over again!
Very dark ruby-garnet. Aromas of blackberry and creosote with a floral lift. Medium-full to full bodied, the wine has terrific cut and precision thanks to refreshing acidity and tannin.
Born in the United States, but raised in Spain and England, Kemiji is a graduate of the University of California 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 Miura 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.
A big, spicy, yet elegant wine, it's perfect with everything from pasta with a seafood sauce or Shepard's Pie to Cassoulet, beef stew and veal chops with porcini sauce.