Drink

Posted: September 16, 2007

The Miner Family vineyards produce wines that reflect the opulent side of California winemaking, with big plush flavors that impress from the moment you uncork the bottle.

Miner's wines are on Chairman's Selection sale in Pennsylvania, which is a good thing, considering the suggested sticker price. But even with a $17 discount, I find Miner's Bordeaux-style blend, the 2003 Oracle, a bit steep at $49.99. It's more plump dark fruit than profoundly moving. And at that price, I want to be moved.

Miner's 2006 Simpson Vineyard viognier, on the other hand, is a real deal at $16.99, a lusciously exotic white that races with ripe peach, honeydew, and an intriguing whiff of anise that lingers.

Miner Family Viognier Simpson Vineyard 2006 ($16.99) and 2003 Oracle ($49.99) are available in selected Pennsylvania state wine stores.

- Craig LaBan

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