Zinfandel • Wolcott-Bevill & Piccetti Vineyard
California: Dry Creek Valley (Sonoma)
My Hero, Miro
“Highly Recommended” - California Grapevine, August/September 2009
Gold Medal - 2010 San Francisco Chronicle Wine Competition
Today’s Miro Cellars 2011 Zinfandel Wolcott-Bevill & Piccetti Vineyard Dry Creek Valley is a truly fantastic wine. We offer it to you, today, with our heartiest recommendation. Miro’s style leans toward big, juicy and fruit forward - but with an elegance that gives his wines wonderful balance. His wines are big, but they also have plenty of class.
Today’s two vineyard Zin hails from two exceptional vineyard sources, both of which are known for producing superb grapes used by some of the finest wineries in the world. Wolcot-Bevill can be found in wines from Nickel & Nickel, Alderbrook, Amphora, Yoakim Bridge, Passalacqua, Dry Creek Vineyards, Simi, Arrowood, Beringer, Hawley, Lambert Bridge and others. Picetti grapes can be found in ultra-premium wines from [REDACTED] and [REDACTED], who buy Picetti grapes covertly.
Enjoy this deeply delicious wine with the widest range of foods. Be sure to stock up on enough to last you through the year. We’ll be enjoying our now, through the fall.
Darkest ruby red that takes on a lovely purple hue when swirled.
Darkest black cherry, currant, fig, black plum, saddle leather, dried fall leaves, dark baker’s chocolate, whole espresso bean, tea leaf, tobacco leaf, brown spice and a subtle hint of fresh mint.
Stewed stonefruit, blackberry, black cherry, black pepper, toasty vanilla, dried plum, dried cassis, and dried tobacco leaf.
Dark and ultra-long with pronounced plum, dried mission fig, tobacco and black pepper.
One could enjoy this wine with a wide variety of foods, but we’ll be enjoying ours with grilled lamb burgers with all the trimmings.
What the Winery Says
A viscous and juicy wine that does not require a lot of aging to please you. Ripe without going overboard, the wine is loaded with the “essence” of Zin - wild berries, dark cherries and strawberries typical for Dry Creek Zins. The oak contributes aromas of spice, toast and slight vanilla- chocolate with a bit of a brown sugar. On the palate the wine is full, soft, fresh and juicy. At the time of these notes, the wine is very young and tightly focused with good structure.
- Miro Tcholakov
- Dry Creek Valley, Sonoma County, California
- Vineyard Designation
- Piccetti and Wolcott-Bevil
- Varietal Composition
- 94.5% Zinfandel; 5.5% Petite Sirah
- 13 months in French and Bulgarian barrels, 35% new
About the Winery
Born and raised in northern Bulgaria, a region with many millennia of winemaking history, Miro (Miroslav) Tcholakov was exposed to wine and winemaking at a very early age. His grandfather had long made the family supply of wine. As a boy, Miro was at his side during all phases of the process.
After completing his mandatory military service, he attended the Higher Institute of Agriculture in Plovdiv where he studied viticulture and enology. Soon after graduation, in the summer of 1990, he was chosen from hundreds of candidates to participate in an international exchange program in agriculture set up by The Future Farmers of America. After a few months in Napa, he was taken on as harvest intern at Sonoma County’s Dry Creek Vineyard. What was supposed to be a temporary harvest job turned into a nine-year position moving through the ranks from Cellar Master to Assistant Winemaker in 1997.
In 1998 Miro went to work as Winemaker for Trentadue Winery, which is still his “day job.” In addition to bringing more acclaim to the winery by creating world class award-winning wines, Miro’s duties include overseeing many custom crush operations for some renowned winemaker clients. In 2001, Miro became his own customer with his inaugural bottling of his Petite Sirah. Within a few weeks of its release, it received a fat 90 points and a “well-endowed” write-up from Robert Parker, Jr. in the Wine Advocate.