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Uh oh!

Posted by outthere, Feb 25, 2014.

There goes another paycheck.

"These are vineyard wines. Our responsibility is to safeguard the wine during its passage from vineyard to bottle and to protect it from too much wine-making" - Stephen Lagier & Carole Meredith.
WOW! Protecting the wine from TOO MUCH WINE-MAKING! Think about that! 
Dear Oenophile,
Let's begin with their interestingly unique "Mission Statement " (?). 
No employees 
No consultants 
No partners 
No investors
Now that's the most perfect description of single-mindedness you'll ever come across here in Napa Valley! No doubt Stephen Lagier and Carole Meredith know what they want, and then proceed to do whatever it takes to get there. Speaking of getting there...their vineyard site high on Mt. Veeder is so isolated that even veterans like Stephen (Robert Mondavi) and Carole (Enology professor at UC Davis) were taken aback at the challenge of growing fruit in such an isolated region. But they believed this site could deliver high-quality fruit, and it has done so consistently over the years!
And what fruit it is! Lagier-Meredith are famous for their Syrah, which we've touted in the past (and sold quite a bit of). So it's no surprise that this new release has all the intensity you'd expect from mountain fruit. Truly dense, and power-packed!
And the Mondeuse? Not a lot of that around. Upon tasting it (blind, mind you), we were astonished at the complex blend of rich dense blue fruit (blueberries, anyone?). An extremely unique varietal originally from the far-eastern Savoie region of France! - Arrives one week.
2011 Lagier Meredith Syrah Mount Veeder  $47.95  WA90
2011 Lagier Meredith Mondeuse Mount Veeder  $41.95
Notes from the winery: 
2011 Syrah: "This vintage is perhaps the most Northern Rhône-ish that we've ever produced. Bursting with floral perfume and white pepper spice, all resting on a bed of deep dark fruit. A beautiful wine.  Aged for 21 months in neutral French oak - 350 cases produced".
2011 Mondeuse:"Rich berry flavor and color, seasoned with pepper and sprinkled with flower petals. The same richness that our Mondeuse has expressed since our first vintage in 2009, but tempered just a bit by the cooler season. Shows a little more of its Savoie heritage than in past years.  22 months in neutral French oak barrels - 99 cases made".
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Lagier Meredith Mondeuse Mount Veeder -- 2011 
Lagier Meredith Syrah Mount Veeder -- 2011 
(2010 shown)
Rated 90 points by the Wine Advocate: `Meredith`s Midas touch with Syrah did not abandon her in the challenging 2011 vintage. Perhaps it`s the higher altitude Mt. Veeder AVA that was the key to her success. The dark ruby/plum-colored 2011 Syrah exhibits upfront, forward notes of red and black fruits intermixed with hints of menthol and spring flowers. With good ripeness, medium body, soft tannins and a supple character, it should offer plenty of pleasure over the next 2-3 years.?` -- Robert Parker in Issue #209 of the Wine Advocate.
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Reply by Gregory Dal Piaz, Feb 26, 2014.

Ruh roh!


I already blew my paycheck today, but I saw this last night and it made for a good read. Delicious wines too!

Reply by Richard Foxall, Feb 26, 2014.

I thought that email from BPW would be the death knell of your SIWBM. I stayed strong, but that may have been foolish.  I also held back on Quivet's Syrah release, much as that killed me, too.  But with construction (we hope) beginning later this year and the costs and inconvenience associated with that, plus my several upcoming trips (Piemonte in May, have I mentioned it before? ;-)) and a Bat Mitzvah to pay for, reality bites. I'm drawing down, not even buying daily drinkers much.  Luckily I wasn't tempted by WineHouse SF's Bedrock/Carlisle offerings the other day:  I already bought some from a pal.

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