This Month in SacMag: Elaine Smith's Wine Picks


In the May issue of SacMag (now on newsstands), wine columnist Elaine Smith writes about Marco Cappelli, a high-octane Napa Valley wine consultant. According to Smith, Cappelli now makes his home in—and is leaving a considerable mark on—the Sierra foothills.

Among Cappelli’s many foothills clients is Miraflores Winery in Placerville. In her column, Smith recommends two wines from Miraflores. Here’s an excerpt:

2007 Miraflores Viognier El Dorado (, $18)
With floral aromas dripping with apricot and pear, this full-bodied white wine has a soft texture, nice acidity and some nuttiness on the mid-palate.

2005 Miraflores Zinfandel El Dorado (, $22)
Made of grapes from the Miraflores estate and from winemaker Marco Cappelli’s Herbert Vineyard, this Zin surprises with its lively balance and elegant texture. Concentrated plum, raspberry and fig flavors, with baking spices and orange peel. Fresh acidity and a long finish further distinguish this foothills Zin.”