1091 Saint Helena Hwy. So., California

by Sergio Sismondo

Milat is a charming family vineyard ideally located on the west side of the St. Helena Highway (Route 29), just north of Zinfandel Lane. Mike Milat is both owner and winemaker, and, with the assistance of Mrs. Milat, attendS to the public as well. Recently his brother Bob has also joined the business. The tasting room is friendly, cool, comfortable and inviting. We heartily recommend a visit to this quintessential family winery and vineyard to those who have not stopped here before. Having stopped once, we will always stop again. A friendlier place is hard to imagine.


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Joyce, Bob, Carolyn and Mike Milat in 2005

We tasted their Chardonnay, Cabernet-Sauvignon, Merlot, Zinfandel, and the much awaited "Zivio". Following is a list of the wines sampled with our ratings for each.

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Mike Milat and Liane Sismondo
Cabernet - Sauvignon Estate 2000 89
Cabernet - Sauvignon Estate 2001 89
Cabernet - Sauvignon Estate 2002 89
Cabernet - Sauvignon Estate 2003 89
Chardonnay Estate 2002 87
Chenin Blanc Estate 2004 87
Chenin Blanc Estate 2005 88
Merlot Estate 2002 88
Merlot Estate 2005 89
Red Table Wine - Pine Station Estate 2002 88
Red Table Wine - Pine Station Estate 2003 88
Rose - Pine Station Estate 2004 86
Zinfandel Estate 2001 89
Zinfandel Estate 2002 88
Zinfandel Estate 2003 88
Zinfandel Estate 2004 88
Zinfandel Estate 2005 88
Zivio "Zinfandel-Port" Estate 2001 90
Zivio "Zinfandel-Port" Estate 2002 90

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  • Our choice of best wine tasted goes to the Estate Cabernet-Sauvignon of 2000, 2001, 2002, 2003, now priced at $36.00, and with our ratings of 89.
  • Our choice for "best value for money" goes to the Pine Station Red Table Wine, priced at $ 18.00, and with our rating of 88.
  • Another winner! Early in 2005 was the second release of the "Port-style" dessert wine, fortified with Brandy, crafted from 2002 vintage Zinfandel grapes grown on the property (with 5% of Touriga Nacional grapes), with 8% residual sugar and 18.6% alcohol. It goes by the name "Zivio" which means "Cheers!" in Croatian.
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This year we tasted white and red wines: Chenin Blanc, Chardonnay, Merlot, Cabernet-Sauvignon and Zinfandel. All the wines were good and we rated them in the high 80's.

  • Our choice of best wine in this season goes to the Cabernet-Sauvignon, 2000, made from 100% Westside Napa Cabernet-Sauvignon fruit. It is priced at $35 per bottle, and received our rating of 90.
  • Our "Best value for money" choice goes to the Chenin Blanc and Chardonnay blend, 2002, which is priced at $15 and which we rated 88. A good buy, in our opinion.

The Zinfandel sampled is included in the extensive Zinfandel listing in this web site, in the section "Wine Listings / California - Zinfandel".