2012 Cuveé Sasha, Monte Lago Vineyard
Grenache Noir •Monte Lago
Until the end of time
Today’s Miro Cellars 2012 Cuvée Sasha, Monte Lago Vineyard is a fantastic value. A blend of 68% Grenache, 20% Mourvedre, and 12% Syrah, this juicy wine is a budget-friendly and food-fantastic wine that could just be the perfect daily drinker. It delivers big flavor - without the big price.
Cuvée Sasha is a fruit forward wine that is not at all astringent like many of the California GSM blends we’ve tasted. It is a delicious and ready to drink dinner wine that presents mouthfuls of fruit and flavor. Enjoy with something fatty or tangy cheeses. This wine will cleanse the palate between bites.
Today’s Miro offering is impressive for such a young wine - which has us looking forward to how it drinks over the next few years. Be sure to stock up!
Rich, dark scarlet, transitioning into a slightly lighter red ruby edge. Absolutely beautiful, with tall legs trailing down the glass.
This bold, fruit-forward wine is a wonderful blend of bright red fruit and strong herbal notes, with fresh strawberry, raspberry, and cherry beautifully playing off thyme, sage, and white pepper.
Leading with strong fruit notes of dried raspberry and candied cherry, this wine balances nicely with flavors of dark chocolate, espresso bean, sweet vanilla bean, and a slight hint of eucalyptus.
Young and fresh, with just the right amount of acidity, the red fruit notes gradually give way to a subtle, pleasant tartness on the palate.
We recommend having this food-friendly wine with a pan roasted lamb chop, served with herb crusted root vegetables.
What the Winery Says
What I love about Grenache is the seductively inviting aromas of jammy strawberries, dry apricots, guava and cranberry with hint of dry rose petals and Herbs de Provence that make you smell the wine over and over again. The mouth feel is clean, fresh and lively without any heaviness with focused acidity and food friendly softness. Cheers!
- Miro Tcholakov
- 91 Points - Wine Enthusiast
- High Valley, Lake County, California
- Vineyard Designation
- Monte Lago Vineyard
- Varietal Composition
- 68% Grenache, 20% Mourvedre, 12% Syrah
- 10 months in oak barrels, 20% new
About the Winery
Born and raised in northern Bulgaria, a region with many millennia of winemaking history, Miro (Miroslav) Tcholakov was exposed to wine and winemaking at a very early age. His grandfather had long made the family supply of wine. As a boy, Miro was at his side during all phases of the process.
After completing his mandatory military service, he attended the Higher Institute of Agriculture in Plovdiv where he studied viticulture and enology. Soon after graduation, in the summer of 1990, he was chosen from hundreds of candidates to participate in an international exchange program in agriculture set up by The Future Farmers of America. After a few months in Napa, he was taken on as harvest intern at Sonoma County’s Dry Creek Vineyard. What was supposed to be a temporary harvest job turned into a nine-year position moving through the ranks from Cellar Master to Assistant Winemaker in 1997.
In 1998 Miro went to work as Winemaker for Trentadue Winery, which is still his “day job.” In addition to bringing more acclaim to the winery by creating world class award-winning wines, Miro’s duties include overseeing many custom crush operations for some renowned winemaker clients. In 2001, Miro became his own customer with his inaugural bottling of his Petite Sirah. Within a few weeks of its release, it received a fat 90 points and a “well-endowed” write-up from Robert Parker, Jr. in the Wine Advocate.