The 2016 Vintage

 In September 2021 Mira Winery released the 2016 vintage of the acclaimed Mira Cabernet Sauvignon Schweizer Vineyard.

Vintage Summary

2016 saw another nearly perfect vintage in the Napa Valley. Winter precipitation afforded relief from drought concerns but a very nice Spring and mild Summer brought slightly less than average yields, smaller clusters and more concentration in the fruit. Mid October brought substantial rains to the region, the first in quite some years, however we were fortunate to already have all of our grapes in.

Vineyard Notes

Schweizer Vineyard, one of the oldest in Napa Valley, has been producing grapes for premier wines for over 100 years and has been owned by the Schweizer family since 1956. This small 42-acre vineyard in the heart of Stags Leap District brings together some of the best soils and the perfect microclimate for growing Cabernet Sauvignon. The combination of excellent draining Perkins Gravelly Loam soil, the guarantee of great afternoon sun due to its position on the east side of the valley and ideal hot days and cool nights secure that Schweizer Vineyard is among the world’s top locations to grow Cabernet Sauvignon.

Winemaking Notes

10-day cold maceration followed by 14 days of fermentation. Daily pumpovers during active fermentation at 91°F. 50 days total vat time in small French oak vats followed by malolactic fermentation in barrel. Aged for 30 months in 100% French oak barrels (100% new). Bottled non fined and non filtered.

Sensory Profile

A level of refinement on the nose that defies easy description, evoking the best of the “Grand Cru” tradition. Smooth despite tremendous structure, on the palate the wine’s essential fruit character underlies layers of earthy, forest floor notes. Already extremely complex, this wine is destined for a profound journey in the cellar.

The Tasting

Mira Winemaker Gustavo A. Gonzalez sits down with Grapegrower Steve Schweizer to taste the next release of the Mira Cabernet Sauvignon Schweizer Vineyard.

The Heritage

Mira Winemaker Gustavo A. Gonzalez sits down with Grapegrower Steve Schweizer to discuss past vintages of the Mira Cabernet Sauvignon Schweizer Vineyard and the heritage that has led to such an extraordinary collection of wines.


The Judgement of Charleston


On May 24, 2016, Mira Winery marked the 40th anniversary of the legendary Judgment of Paris at our Tasting Room in Charleston, SC, with a blind tasting of eight highly rated top wines from Napa Valley and Bordeaux. The wines included two previously 100-point rated wines, according to Robert Parker of the Wine Advocate, from both Napa Valley and Bordeaux. Eleven judges from across the country gathered to compare these top wines and consider the stylistic evolution of the two regions since the Paris tasting.


“Mira’s…Cabernet Sauvignon actually marks the first time the Schweizer family has ever allowed a winery to designate Schweizer Vineyard label. They picked a good one to start. Against all odds, Mira Winery’s entry in the blind tasting [at the Judgment of Charleston 2016] finished third, behind only the Pétrus 2012 (a Merlot) and the 100-point Château Haut-Brion.”



Mira’s entry was its Cabernet Sauvignon Schweizer 2012, a limited selection, small production single varietal wine grown in one of the oldest and most exclusive vineyards in the Napa Valley. In the blind tasting with top Master Sommeliers, Advanced Sommeliers and wine experts from around the country, Mira Cabernet Sauvignon Schweizer Vineyard bested some of the greatest wines from the Napa Valley including Screaming Eagle, Schrader To Kalon and Shafer Hillside Select.



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Limited Library Release

2012 Mira Cabernet Sauvignon Schweizer Vineyard

Described as “a Napa Valley masterpiece” and “a beautiful expression of the Stags Leap District,” our 2012 Cabernet Sauvignon Schweizer Vineyard is the only wine ever to bear the prestigious Schweizer name. This “elegant, balanced, delicious” wine is the perfect addition to your wine collection. Only 50 / 200 cases remain.

Branded wooden box set of 6 bottles: $3,660


Limited Library Release

2013 Mira Cabernet Sauvignon Schweizer Vineyard

Black in color, our Schweizer Vineyard Cabernet Sauvignon
commands your palate with its plush, picturesque and magnificent texture. Crushed myrtle berry and licorice notes entice into a hematite core that segues into a precise, chiseled and incessant finish. A wine that forces the objectivity of science to surrender to sensory euphoria. Only 100 cases remain.

Branded wooden box set of 6 bottles: $2,262


Limited Library Release

2014 Mira Cabernet Sauvignon Schweizer Vineyard

Layers of seductive red fruit aromas interwoven with hints of minerality attract the nose. The initial contact with the palate hints at a brightness that is sure to allow the wine to gain complexity over many years while the middle is loaded with red fruit, supple tannin and just a hint of French oak. The finale is grandiose with a sexy perfume filled return and a long finish that begs for another taste. This wine is non fined, non filtered. Expect some sediment from our pure approach to winemaking. This wine can be cellared for years to come.

Branded wooden box set of 3 bottles: $1,131


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Southern Roots, Napa Grapes

Napa, CA

Home of our boutique, limited production winery.

Charleston, SC

Home of our tasting room for our Napa Valley wines.

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