Mi Sueño Red Blend Napa Valley El Llano 2009

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"If you're a proud, card carrying member of the ABC Club, don't be too hard on yourself, the industry has only itself to blame. The early '90s spawned an over production of chardonnay that lacked acidity and balance and were often soapy, over-oaked and too buttery. Not surprisingly, a vast group of wine drinkers swore that never again would they allow a chardonnay to touch their lips! Whether it's because we're gluttons for punishment or that we merely enjoy a good challenge, there is nothing more satisfying than pouring a taste of our Los Carneros Chardonnay for die hard ABC members. Literally you can watch their expression change from total indifference, to utter amazement and finally to outright satisfaction and enjoyment. It's easy to see why. A wonderful bouquet of green apples, orange blossom, ripe peaches and honeysuckle makes for a great first impression. Adding to the pleasure is a rich, silky mouth feel that envelopes and caresses the palate. An essence of white peach, lime, apricots and cherimoya with a dash of spice and toasty oak contribute to its beauty and complexity. A hint of minerality and crisp, lively acidity maintain its sense of harmony and insures a clean, refreshing finish. " -Winery

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Mi Sueño Winery:
My life in the wine business began humbly as a dishwasher at Auberge du Soleil. Several years later I would move onto Mustards Grill as a line cook. While neither job would ever be mistaken as the foundation for a career in winemaking, it was during these early years that I learned to appreciate the magic that is created when you pair beautiful cuisine with exceptional wine. In 1985, at the ... Read more
My life in the wine business began humbly as a dishwasher at Auberge du Soleil. Several years later I would move onto Mustards Grill as a line cook. While neither job would ever be mistaken as the foundation for a career in winemaking, it was during these early years that I learned to appreciate the magic that is created when you pair beautiful cuisine with exceptional wine. In 1985, at the age of 17, I accepted a summer job working for Stag’s Leap Wine Cellars. Ironically my fist job had little to do with wine; I was hired as a laborer to help build a stone wall around the home of Warren Winiarski. Not long after, he would offer me a job working harvest under the condition that I would attend school in the morning. Over the next 20+ years my journey through the ranks of winemaking would lead to: 10 years at Stag’s Leap Wine Cellars, the last 7 years as Cellar Master Assistant Winemaker at Chateau Potelle Winemaker at Vine Cliff Winery Director of Winemaking at Paul Hobbs Consulting Each stop played a significant role in refining my style of winemaking. Stag’s Leap was the foundation. It was here that I learned to appreciate the smell of the grape must and the feeling of being surrounded by barrels of fermenting wine. In addition, Warren taught me the value of attention to detail as well as to respect and enjoy the product we were making. At Chateau Potelle I was introduced to French winemaking techniques, including all-natural fermentation. I also learned that while anyone can make wine, to craft a truly unique and special wine, winemaking becomes more of an art form. My tenure at Vine Cliff provided me, for the first time in my career, a chance to be in complete control of the final product. At Paul Hobbs I had the pleasure of contributing to the development and nurturing of several ultra-premium, boutique wine programs. It was also during my time with Paul Hobbs that I fully committed to building Mi Sueño into a world class wine program. Who would have guessed that a “side project” of 200 cases of Chardonnay would one day grow into what we are today! Read less

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Snooth User: napagirl68
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Vintage: 2004 08/17/2012

Four glasses


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4.50 5
Vintage: 2002 12/27/2010

Four and a half glasses


External Reviews for Mi Sueño Red Blend Napa Valley El Llano

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Vintage: 2004 07/02/2008

Mi Sueno means my dream, and this rich Carneros Chardonnay is the result of the efforts of former wine director at Paul Hobbs, Rolando Hererra


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Vintage: 2002 08/25/2008

Burly and rustic, with tiers of leather, beef, earth and dark fruit character wrapped within solid structure. Roasted herb and crushed pepper tones add complexity.


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Vintage: 2002 04/01/2008

Mi Sueno Syrah Napa Burly and rustic, with tiers of leather, beef, earth and dark fruit character wrapped within solid structure. Roasted herb and crushed pepper tones add complexity.


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Vintage: 2001 01/16/2009

A Syrah wine from California in USA. 2001 Mi Sueno Syrah 750ml



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"If you're a proud, card carrying member of the ABC Club, don't be too hard on yourself, the industry has only itself to blame. The early '90s spawned an over production of chardonnay that lacked acidity and balance and were often soapy, over-oaked and too buttery. Not surprisingly, a vast group of wine drinkers swore that never again would they allow a chardonnay to touch their lips! Whether it's because we're gluttons for punishment or that we merely enjoy a good challenge, there is nothing more satisfying than pouring a taste of our Los Carneros Chardonnay for die hard ABC members. Literally you can watch their expression change from total indifference, to utter amazement and finally to outright satisfaction and enjoyment. It's easy to see why. A wonderful bouquet of green apples, orange blossom, ripe peaches and honeysuckle makes for a great first impression. Adding to the pleasure is a rich, silky mouth feel that envelopes and caresses the palate. An essence of white peach, lime, apricots and cherimoya with a dash of spice and toasty oak contribute to its beauty and complexity. A hint of minerality and crisp, lively acidity maintain its sense of harmony and insures a clean, refreshing finish. " -Winery

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