On Saturday, I was invited to take part in a very special virtual tasting – the debut of the 2011 The Oracle from Miner Wines. Those of us who were lucky enough to be included were delivered a black box. Inside was the bottle of new vintage, two Riedel glasses and even Riedel stem cloths to make the glasses sparkle after the tasting ended. Miner has always known how to make great wine and throw a memorable event.
The Oracle is Miner’s flagship, single-vineyard offering. It is a Bordeaux blend labeled as 49 percent Merlot, 38 percent Cabernet Sauvignon, 11 percent Cabernet Franc and the rest is Petit Verdot. The Oracle is grown in the hills of Eastern Napa at Stagecoach Vineyards, which has a high elevation and a mountain-fruit experience.
And, as a software marketer by day, I do like the shout out that Dave Miner gave to his uncle, Bob Miner, one of the co-founders of Oracle Software, who introduced him to the wine business.
I’ll sum it up with my tweet after my first sip. “This has elegance with dark cherry, chocolate and herbs. Silk in a glass. #theoraclehasspoken (hashtag for the tasting).