How important is a name, unless of course it's yours? Mica Raas grew up in the stunning mountains of Santa Cruz. Wine was just a fledgling industry in that part of the world then, but those who were there were the cream of the crop. Martin Ray and David Bruce, both legendary, groundbreaking winemakers were household names. Even the Smothers Brothers had a winery.
So it's not hard to understand how Mica Raas caught the bug early on. Once his plans were set, he fixed his focus on his wine and called it Mica. Only problem was, someone already had that name in the wine business. I don't think anyone saw that coming. So he changed the name to Myka, and everybody was happy.
The Santa Cruz Mountains are a cross-blend of warm and cool climates, fertile and rocky soils, and flat and mountainous terrain. The area is good for some varietals, but not others. So Myka planted grapes in areas like Monterey and other prime North Coast appellations.
By being able to draw from a cross-section of vineyards, Myka has the ability to blend small amounts of different vineyards to attain a perfect combination.
That is certainly the case here. Bright, almost candy-like apricot and peach fruit is impeccably matched with a gripping acidity. The middle takes off with lovely stone fruit notes and then carefully - and almost magically - finishes with a touch of orange zest and mint.
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