Mira produces hand crafted, all-natural wines, each a singular expression of unique grapes. Aged to produce flavors defined by their purity and understated elegance, Mira wines are ready to drink upon release and are built for enjoyment after years in the cellar.
Philosophy and History
The "Miracle" of Mira
In 2005 Jim “Bear” Dyke, Jr. and Gustavo A. Gonzalez met by chance at the Off The Record Bar at the Hay Adams Hotel in Washington, D.C. After a lengthy discussion of the Golden Ratio the conversation moved to wine and by the end of the evening the two had mapped out on napkins what they thought a premier Napa Valley winery could be with words like boutique, approachable, hand crafted, grape source.
Four years later the duo identified their first block of grapes in Hyde Vineyard and began to put the necessary pieces in place to become a winery. In 2012 they launched Mira Winery. Einstein said there are only two ways to live life. One is as though nothing is a miracle. The other is as though everything is a miracle. Mira which is the Latin root for miracle encompasses more than just a personal philosophy it captures all the process on the path to wine. The Mira logo is the symbol for good harvest.
Today Mira has vineyard blocks in acclaimed one-of-a-kind vineyards across Napa Valley. The diversity of vineyard blocks mirrors the diversity of wine produced. Mira produces hand crafted, all-natural wines year on year, each a true expression of the unique grapes that went into it. Aged to produce flavors defined by their understated elegance, Mira wines are ready to drink upon release and are built for enjoyment after years in your cellar.
Mira is defined by its roots, anchored in the lineage and longevity of the alchemy of Napa Valley.
I grew up drinking wine with my family, and my interest in wine as a career stemmed in part from their agriculture business. For me, wine was a way to be creative with agriculture.
I also recall a bottle in my father’s wine stash. It was a 1980s bottle from the Robert Mondavi Winery and the statement on its label stuck with me. It explained that wine has been with us since the start of civilization, an integral part of our culture and “the gracious way of life.” This romantic view of wine was what inspired me to go and work for Robert Mondavi.
For 20 years I’ve been a Napa Valley winemaker, and I love that there is always something new to learn. Every vintage is different and you have to understand how to adjust to those differences. That I am able to do that in Napa, a place with the unique combination of optimal climate and good soils, with the support of a team dedicated to making the best wine possible, is a true blessing.
Mira Winery is where I bring my knowledge of winemaking and my love for wine together. We work in an area that creates some of the finest grapes in the world, and my goal is to allow those fruits to shine through in the wines we produce.
I am proud of our wines and the response from those who enjoy savoring them. But I am even more excited about where we are headed and what the future holds for Mira.
Our Collectors Series wines are 100% varietal, hand crafted and produced from the best small blocks from internationally renowned Napa Valley growers Hyde and Schweizer Vineyards. These limited production wines, representing the soul of Mira Winery, require longer aging in 100% French Oak Barrels, as well as in bottle, to allow their delicate nuances to fully express themselves.
The Mira process begins before the vineyard. Napa Valley is renowned for its diversity of soil and micro-climate which means different grapes grow better in different locations. Therefore in order to produce a exceptional broad portfolio of wine we have identified the best blocks from vineyards around the valley. Our blocks from these different vineyards provide the best grapes for the type of wine we want to make whether its a Cabernet Sauvignon from the Stags Leap AVA or a Pinot Noir from the Carneros AVA year after year.
The decision to harvest grapes is a combination of science, intuition and experience. Our primary objective is to pick the grapes when they are closest stylistically to the type of wine we are making. The grapes will ultimately reflect the season and their origin. All Mira blocks are hand harvested.
From harvest to fermentation we are minimally invasive so that the grapes are in pristine form when they make it to the tank. We use three 5 ton Taransaud French Oak Fermentors which were the first of their kind in the United States among other tanks for fermentation which includes a mix of whole clusters and de-stemmed grapes depending on the wine.
We use French Oak Barrels from 6 different cooperages with a variety of toasts for aging as well as some stainless steel barrels on our whites. Typically our white wines age for 12-24 months and our red wines age from 14-24 months depending on the wine.
After bottling mostly nonfined and nonfiltered we hold the wine for 12-18 months or until the wine is ready for release.