Today we’re drinking a 2011 Cabernet Sauvignon from Mi Sueño winery in Napa. Mi Sueño (Spanish for “my dream”) is a passion project by winemaker / owner Rolando Herrera. Mr. Herrera’s story — in which he started working in Napa as a day laborer to quickly progress to assistant winemaker at Stag’s Leap Cellars, then progressed to winemaker — is an amazing one. As interesting as the story is, the wines speak for themselves; you can appreciate his skill in every glass.
We learned about Mr. Herrera after a recent visit to Vintner’s Collective in downtown Napa. Vintner’s Collective was (and still is) showcasing Longfellow wines in its tasting room. Longfellow is one of the many wineries that Mr. Herrera makes wine for (which also include Baldacci and Red Stitch), and one that impressed the heck out of us. At a price between $45 – $60/bottle, Longfellow is one of the better values in Napa. After enjoying Longfellow, we discovered Mr. Herrera’s passion project Mi Sueño.
While this particular vintage of Mi Sueño is not one of his best, it is a better representation of the 2011 vintage for Napa Cabs. We look forward to trying the 2012 and 2013 vintages of this wine.