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Myriad

Defined
Greek Origin - Myrias "ten thousand." - Myrios "innumerable, countless."

Pronouced
Hear the word Myriad pronounced
[mir -ee- uh d]

Adjective
Composed of numerous diverse elements or facets; Constituting a very large, indefinite number; innumerable.

Philosophy

Our philosophy is simple: Creating the most natural and expressive wines California can offer. We believe in allowing the fruit to fully reveal itself in our wines, encouraging the personality and terroir of the vineyards, while showcasing itself to the fullest extent. Thus, allowing the wines to be true to their nature and bring harmony to the bottle.

History

Mike started his winemaking journey under the tutelage of Winemaker Thomas Brown in 1999. Traveling from Portland Oregon, Mike worked each crush "free of charge" to learn the craft. In 2006, Mike ventured out on his own, now making a multitude of critically acclaimed wines including Myriad Cellars, Quivet Cellars, Carter Cellars, 12C, Becklyn, Scarlett and ancillary cellars. To quote Mike, "My philosophy is simple: I like to create the most natural and expressive wines California can offer. I believe in allowing the fruit to fully reveal itself in the wines, encouraging the personality and terroir of the vineyards, while creating a product that is true to its varietal character and sense of place."

Winemaker

It is well known that California winemakers produce some of the best wines on Earth, but within that small talented group there is yet a smaller inner circle of winemaking titans that consistently produce truly extraordinary vintages. As one of the Napa Valley’s most decorated vintners, Mike Smith has firmly planted himself in the center of that rare inner circle. An Oregon native, Mike studied under the tutelage of Thomas Rivers Brown and his early career had him contributing at some of the most famous California producers including Schrader, Rivers Marie, Maybach Family, and Outpost. By combining his own innate talent for winemaking with the lessons learned from Thomas, Mike has crafted some of California’s most sought-after and revered wines. Mike crafts a host of spectacular varietals, but his skills shine brightest when it comes to Cabernet Sauvignon.

With twelve perfect 100 point scores to his name, Mike has twice received the most 100-point scores from Wine Advocate in a single vintage, and he has received numerous professional honors from Wine Advocate, Jeb Dunnuck, Vinous, and Wine Spectator. In 2012, three of Mike’s wines were chosen for the prestigious “Legends of Napa Valley Definitive Tasting" as well as have two wines receive the very rare 'Double Hundred Score' where the same wine is rated 100 Points by two separate critics.

His talent of evoking the character and complexity of each vineyard and his refined natural winemaking techniques define some of the world’s greatest vineyards. Mike's hands-on winemaking approach is the heart and soul of the Myriad wines. Every bottle embodies his extreme attention to detail, patience, quiet confidence and vast experience with every one of mother nature’s challenges. His unrelenting commitment to excellence leaves an unmistakable impression on each vintage, and we are delighted to share the fruits of his labor with our members.

Visit

We love visitors!

We are currently hosting winetastings at our tasting salon in Yountville. 

Heron House
6484 Washington St
Suite G
Yountville, CA

Please email: Leah@myriadcellars.com to book your visit.

A Myriad of Thanks for your interest in our wines.

Mike and Leah Smith

Mike and Leah Smith, Myriad Cellars