Mirassou Pinot Noir 2011, findingourwaynow.com I first came across this wine at a blogging conference in Las Vegas. The Mirassou Winery vintner was at the conference sharing their various wine varieties with the all the bloggers. One thing led to another, and there I was talking wine with their marketing person and the vintner. I opted for the Mirassou Pinot Noir 2011. I was not disappointed.

The Mirassou family has been producing wine for six generations. The Mirassou wine label was specifically created to reflect their wine’s California spirit and heritage as America’s oldest winemaking family. This is what sixth-generation family member; David Mirassou has to say about their label:

“The Mirassou name is unique and can be hard to remember, but our label is easy on the eyes – just look for the sun!”Mirassou Pinot Noir 2011, findingourwaynow.com

So how did they get here? In 1854, Pierre Pellier, the Mirassou patriarch sailed from France with his bride and his prized grape cuttings all in search of the best California had to offer. While they were in route, the ship ran short of drinking water. To protect and preserve his precious vines, Pierre used potatoes that were on board and inserted his cuttings into them to keep the vines alive. It worked. The couple first settled in the Santa Clara Valley in California. Through much hard work, they built a thriving network of vineyards that produced some of California’s finest wine for their time.

The Mirassou name came about when Pellier’s daughter married a neighboring vintner, Pierre Mirassou. The partnership of the two families marked the start of more than a century of wine growing in the Central Coastal region, especially a valley just east of Monterey, California, one of the premier areas in California to visit and vacation.

Mirassou Pinot Noir 2011, findingourwaynow.comThe Mirassous family was the first to introduce Pinot Noir to California. They have been credited with developing the permanent vineyard irrigation and field pressing system that is widely used by other vintners today. Other innovations that they have been recognized for would be the introduction of steel fermentation and mechanical harvesting methods all of which have shaped the wine industry even in the current time.

Now about the wine.

Mirassou Pinot Noir 2011

This is what the winemaker has to say about their Mirassou Pinot Noir 2011:

“Fruit forward and approachable in style, our 2010 Mirassou Pinot Noir has flavors of cherry, strawberry and red currant, which are supported by light vanilla and oak notes. This wine is well balanced with a round, full mouthfeel.Mirassou Pinot Noir 2011, findingourwaynow.com

The Pinot Noir grapes for this wine were carefully selected from several of California’s most renowned regions, including Monterey County and Sonoma County. The 2010 growing season brought several challenges to these regions; a wet spring delayed bud break, and a late summer heat wave stressed the vines. But, the warmer temperatures helped the grapes to reach maturity and develop rich flavor characteristics. Although yields were lower than normal, the resulting grapes displayed remarkable quality.”

This Mirassou Pinot Noir 2011 is a delightful red wine that embodies all the Mirassou family stands for. It can be served with just about any type of cuisine and for any occasion. It’s worth finding and giving it a try.

You can find Mirassou Pinot Noir 2011 by using their wine finder on their website, wine.com, amazon.com and through their store locator for the many locations it’s available. Enjoy!

Happy Wineing…

If you enjoyed reading about this wine check out BV Coastal Cabernet SauvignonLa Follette Pinot Noir North CoastJ Lohr Vineyards Falcon’s Perch Pinot Noir, and La Merika Pinot Noir.


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  • http://twitter.com/geekgirlusa Cheryl Therrien

    I recognize this from Bloggy Bootcamp! :)

    • http://findingourwaynow.flywheelsites.com/ Susan Cooper

      Hey Cheryl, I thought you might. :-)))

  • http://www.bindu.ca/ Bindhurani

    Nice photos and great story about this wine. Thanks susan. I am jealous of your talents.

    • http://findingourwaynow.flywheelsites.com/ Susan Cooper

      Thanks Bindu, and I am of yours my friend.

  • Liz

    This sounds like a beautiful choice. I do believe I have seen it here, so I will double check and let you know how it tickled the pallett. Makulu Iswithi Pinotage is one of my anytime sipping wines. Hope you can give it a try too.

    • http://findingourwaynow.flywheelsites.com/ Susan Cooper

      Hi Liz, I hope you are able to locate it and can’t wait to hear your thoughts. I will definitely check out Makulu Iswithi Pinotage and do a review. :-)))

  • http://www.Empower2Go.com Martin Casper

    Interesting way to preserver the cuttings. It would be interesting to know more about why potatoes worked. Were they the only thing available? Was it because they are a starch? Is their make-up protective in nature?

    • http://findingourwaynow.flywheelsites.com/ Susan Cooper

      Hi Martin, It was the only thing available. Potatoes have a great deal of moisture that hold that moisture for a long time. As far as the rest of it, it would be an interesting thing to research. :-)

  • http://twitter.com/JeriWB Jeri Walker-Bickett

    That’s what I love most about Pinot Noir; it can be paired with almost any dish.

    • http://findingourwaynow.flywheelsites.com/ Susan Cooper

      Hi Jeri, You are so right. That is the beauty of a good Pinot Noir.

  • http://joannerambling.wordpress.com/ Jo-Anne

    Even though I am not a wine drinker I do like to read about wine and what you think of different ones

    • http://findingourwaynow.flywheelsites.com/ Susan Cooper

      Hi Jo-Ann, That’s great. It pleases me that you enjoy what I have to say about the different wines. :-)

  • Elizabeth Scott

    I have fallen in love with this winery because of your post. I am not an avid wine drinker but the photography and the passion that this winemaker portrays, makes me want to visit. I look forward to enjoying a glass of this wine.

    • http://findingourwaynow.flywheelsites.com/ Susan Cooper

      Hi Elizabeth, It is a lovely Pinot noir and one you will very much enjoy. :-)

  • http://twitter.com/Craftyandbeast Patrick Huff

    They certainly were pioneers. I admire that.

    • http://findingourwaynow.flywheelsites.com/ Susan Cooper

      Hi Patrick, They were and me too! :-)

  • Jennifer Woodard


    I am not a wine drinker myself, wish I were. I love the history that you give about the wine, interesting story. I have considered developing an interest in wine, but it hasn’t happened as of yet.

    .Great job,

    • http://findingourwaynow.flywheelsites.com/ Susan Cooper

      Hi Jennifer, Not everyone does. For me, the wine and wine stories are really interesting and fun. That said, you have made my day by telling me enjoy what I share. :-)

  • Julie

    This does sound like a nice wine. I do love the label.

  • Jamie Gall

    Absolutely love Mirassou and their wine. David Mirassou is so nice, gracious, and fun to talk to. Will be buying their wine for years to come

    • http://findingourwaynow.flywheelsites.com/ Susan Cooper

      Hi Jamie, I very much agree with you. I too will be buying this wine, now and in the future. :-)

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