A fantastic new small-production California Pinot! Miura Vineyards is a partnership between two U.C. Davis roommates, Emanuel Kemiji and Byron Kosuge. Kemiji has degrees in Economics and Spanish Literature, but also studied Viticulture and Oenongy at Davis. In 1989 he became the thirteenth American to pass the Master Sommelier exam, and one of only seven to date to pass on the first attempt. In the same year he was chosen "Sommelier of the Year" while Director of Wine & Spirits at he the Ritz-Carlton in San Francisco. In 1995, Kemiji decided to try his hand at winemaking, and formed Miura Vineyards. A very juicy Pinot from this famed Central Coast site, favoring brightness and acidity over rich fat fruit. Ah, but fruit abounds, too--particularly strawberries and cranberries--balanced by tangy acid and a long, silken structure. Spice on the close keeps things interesting till the very last sip. A lovely Pinot to enjoy with exotic foods, try Moroccan lamb or chicken tagine. Only a few hundred cases were produced. Tiny production, hard to find, fantastic Pinot Noir to snap up while its available.