Myka Cellars (or Myka Estates) – Beautiful patio, even better wine

Published October 24, 2021

The welcoming patio at Myka Cellars (or Myka Estates) is just off the 50 on your way to Tahoe, making it a beautifully pleasant stop. Feast your eyes on the treetop views in every direction while your palate gets immersed in a flight of elegant wines. We didn’t try the food at Myka Cellars this visit but will definitely return to what looked like creative and succulent dishes.

Highlights from this tasting:

Myka Cellars’ sparkling rose had a slight strawberry and biscuit aroma with a big bold crisp body and a wide mouthfeel. A hint of red apple and berry on the palate was barely present but led to a low sugar aftertaste and long finish. This hearty sparkler had well integrated tannins to pair with a light or meaty meal.

A rose from Fair Play had a slight citrus, orange blossom and apple scent that led to a wide crisp mouthfeel and a body of watermelon and tart green apple. Its dry crisp finish made it a great accompaniment for a picnic on a sunny patio like theirs. Always keep a rose on hand when it’s too hot for a red wine yet you want something chilled and hearty. It plays across the palate with multidimensional layers. It can go in any direction.

If you like the earthy berry fragrance that is a hallmark characteristic of barbera, Myka Cellars’ is from Cooper Vineyard in Amador and is a great representation of this grapes potential. Aromas of a bowl of cherries draw you in but the bright vibrant red cherry on the palate impressed us followed by layers of spice and a hint of berry.

A malbec from Paso (2016) began with the earthy greenery that is a hallmark of this grape. Yet it opened on the palate with plum and black cherry showing a nice balance of acids and tannins.

A tempranillo from Clarksburg had 20 percent zin, bringing a hint of berry that integrated with its many layers. A deep rich cherry aroma led to plum on the palate with vibrant red characteristics that may soften if you decanted it.

Myka Cellars finished the flight with a zinfandel that was not restrained at all. A bit of petite sirah blended really balanced this zin. Deep dark rich berry, cherry, and plum graduate on the palate with spice, vanilla, and smoke, making it a great pairing with any barbecue. Bring on the slow cooked meats with this wine! And all the typical sides…

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