Miller Wine Works
2005 The Works, Kimberly’s Selection
California: Napa Valley
What We Say
What the Winery Says
About This Wine:
The 2005 Miller Wine Works, The Works, Kimberly’s Selection, Napa Valley is our first attempt to create the Rhone blend so many have requested over the years. It exhibits notes of rose petals, red cherry and kirsch liqueur on the nose. Once on your palate, the wine sings with the essence of dried wild strawberries, framed by accents of spice and earthiness. While medium in body and weight, (and just coming in to its own!), this wine will continue to develop nuance and complexity for some time to come.
With the philosophy deeply ingrained in his psyche that wine is a liquid food, Gary Miller, an accomplished chef, parlayed his career in the food industry to follow his passion…winemaking. Gary has worked for such notable wine producers as La Jota, Martinelli, and Robert Biale. His own brand, Miller Wine Works, is an expression of all the paths Gary’s life has taken, from being raised in a rural, Western New York family to becoming a Napa Valley vintner. As a chef, Gary fully understands the necessity of integration and balance when the fruits of the land intermingle with the fruits of one’s labor. Who better than a chef-winemaker to bring forth skillfully integrated, well-balanced wine?
About The Winery and Winemaker:
Gary Miller – For me, winemaking is cooking. This is something I’ve learned from years of professionally doing both; but, it doesn’t get any better than working with the incredible flavors, textures, and aromas of pristine grapes grown in the sun and soil of the California coast. Winemaking is a tremendous challenge of the senses and demands three things from me: focus, focus, focus.
I grew up in rural, western New York where simple, fresh, homegrown food was an everyday experience. Our meats, milk, bread, fruit, and veggies were from local farms. Many of my earliest memories are the tastes and smells of my mother’s kitchen – bread, Christmas cookies, apple pies, smoked ham, and Thanksgiving turkey. Just picked, juicy, finger-staining huckleberries were hard work, but memorable. When mom canned summer fruit for winter eating, the house would fill with the incredible smells of ripe peaches, tomatoes, strawberries, and pears.
Although my family didn’t succeed on our trips every year, hunting season in the community produced a steady supply of game; and, dad’s grill turned out some very tasty elk, moose and venison. Home cooking for three growing boys made the Miller kitchen a busy place. Little did we know then that this kitchen was cutting a path – paving the road to Miller Wine Works.
The wonderful world of wine opened up to me when I went to college to study engineering, and simultaneously worked in a wine and spirits shop near Purdue University. As a wine buyer, I was exposed to wines from around the world, which got me to daydreaming about California.
Initially however, my passion for cooking got a hold of me, and I found myself in my first cooking job – a short-order lunch cook at a convention center hotel in Greensboro, North Carolina. Soon thereafter, I attended the Culinary Institute of America in Hyde Park, NY, and was presented with the opportunity to apprentice at the Greenbrier Hotel, in White Sulphur Springs, WV. Thereafter, I couldn’t resist the draw of helping to open the restaurant Spruce in Chicago. This subsequently led to a position at The Little Nell in Aspen, and my westward progress was THEN finalized in the land of my dreams, Napa Valley.
Napa Valley is an amazing place, but not just for its history, natural beauty, and perfect conditions for winegrowing. The people are truly amazing, placing a premium on food, family, friends, and farming. Two such people are Bill and Joan Smith, formerly of La Jota Vineyard Company, for whom I worked, and who dear friends became. Their ongoing support and encouragement inspires me daily; in making wine, and in living life to its potential.
As a winemaker, it is my intent to make wines of the style that made me fall in love with wine – balanced, nuanced wines that speak clearly of their locations, and have affinity for carefully raised and prepared food. It doesn’t get any better than that.
Varietal Content: 48% Syrah, 38% Grenache, 14% Mourvedre
Aging: 24% new French for 20 months
*Titratable Acidity: * 0.57 g / 100 ml.
Release Date: May 1, 2008
Case Production: 511 cases