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Neyers Cabernet Sauvignon Napa Valley Neyers Ranch Conn Valley 2003

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95% Cabernet Sauvignon and 5% Merlot, both grown organically in the highest elevation blocks on our Conn Valley Ranch, just east of St. Helena. It's difficult to be objective about this wine since it's the culmination of a project that began in 1992, when we first looked at this neighboring property as a future Cabernet Sauvignon vineyard site. A year later we bought the land, and then spent weeks walking the perimeter, calculating the slope and estimating the plantable acreage. We dug test holes and had soil analyses run, along with the usual percolation tests. The preliminary report indicated that given the soil mix of easily fractured basalt underlain by gravel, a Southern exposure, and the correct nutrient level, the parcel had the potential to be a source of remarkable Cabernet Sauvignon. The following year it was cleared of brush, cross-ripped, and planed and engineered for drain tiles. It was then laid out for the tight spacing traditional in Bordeaux and planted with two selections of low-yielding rootstock. A year later, the plants were budded to Cabernet Sauvignon. In 1997 and 1998, the vines were trained up the stakes and the vertical shoots positioned. In 2000 and 2001 we pinched off the small fruit clusters to further strengthen the root system. In 2002, the now almost 10 year-old vines produced our first Neyers Ranch Cabernet Sauvignon, 210 cases of strikingly attractive wine. The 2003 crop was slightly larger, as expected, and the quality is better still. The wine is darker, more aromatic and richer than the previous year. It was also surprisingly pleasant to drink throughout its youth, a sign that generally indicates a wine of great promise. No expense was spared in the development of the vineyard, and nothing has been left to chance in the winemaking. The results are impressive.

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Neyers Vineyards:
Begun in 1992 by Bruce and Barbara Neyers, Neyers Vineyards produces about 15,000 cases of wine annually. About 25% of our production is Merlot and Cabernet Sauvignon grown on our 50-acre, organically farmed Conn Valley ranch. The vineyard is managed by Maldonado Vineyard Management. We purchase additional grapes from a select group of growers, among them the Sangiacomo family of the Carneros D... Read more
Begun in 1992 by Bruce and Barbara Neyers, Neyers Vineyards produces about 15,000 cases of wine annually. About 25% of our production is Merlot and Cabernet Sauvignon grown on our 50-acre, organically farmed Conn Valley ranch. The vineyard is managed by Maldonado Vineyard Management. We purchase additional grapes from a select group of growers, among them the Sangiacomo family of the Carneros District, Will Nord of Napa, Cam Thieriot of Sonoma Coast, Lee Hudson of Carneros, Jay and Pam Heminway of Chiles Valley, Rich Pato of Oakley, and the Tofanelli family of Calistoga. Winemaker Tadeo Borchardt joined us in 2004 after several years of experience in the industry making wine in both California and New Zealand. He's a Cum Laude graduate of the University of Arizona, a zealous advocate of our natural winemaking practices and an enthusiastic supporter of our appreciation for traditionally produced European wines. He brings with him a valuable combination of technical know-how and respect for tradition. Consulting winemaker Ehren Jordan returned to the Napa Valley in 1994 following a two-year stint in the Northern Rhone town of Cornas, where he worked for Jean-Luc Columbo, one of the most respected vintners in Europe. Ehren's training with Columbo expanded his technical knowledge of winemaking, while enlarging his understanding of grape growing. He has been with us as a partner, winemaker, consultant or friend since we began the business in 1992. Bruce's experiences over the past several years working with Kermit Lynch Imports and a group of more than 100 French vintners have been important in shaping the style of our wines. Most of these producers farm organically, make their wines naturally without use of cultured yeast or laboratory designed winemaking aids, and are comfortable bottling their wines without either fining or filtration. We have long admired their wines, and eagerly adopted many of their natural winemaking practices. In 1999, we purchased and renovated a winery on Sage Canyon Road in the hills outside of Rutherford in the Napa Valley. We produced our first vintage in this state of the art facility in 2000. In 2002, Wine and Spirits Magazine named Neyers Vineyards the Artisan Winery of the Year. Read less

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95% Cabernet Sauvignon and 5% Merlot, both grown organically in the highest elevation blocks on our Conn Valley Ranch, just east of St. Helena. It's difficult to be objective about this wine since it's the culmination of a project that began in 1992, when we first looked at this neighboring property as a future Cabernet Sauvignon vineyard site. A year later we bought the land, and then spent weeks walking the perimeter, calculating the slope and estimating the plantable acreage. We dug test holes and had soil analyses run, along with the usual percolation tests. The preliminary report indicated that given the soil mix of easily fractured basalt underlain by gravel, a Southern exposure, and the correct nutrient level, the parcel had the potential to be a source of remarkable Cabernet Sauvignon. The following year it was cleared of brush, cross-ripped, and planed and engineered for drain tiles. It was then laid out for the tight spacing traditional in Bordeaux and planted with two selections of low-yielding rootstock. A year later, the plants were budded to Cabernet Sauvignon. In 1997 and 1998, the vines were trained up the stakes and the vertical shoots positioned. In 2000 and 2001 we pinched off the small fruit clusters to further strengthen the root system. In 2002, the now almost 10 year-old vines produced our first Neyers Ranch Cabernet Sauvignon, 210 cases of strikingly attractive wine. The 2003 crop was slightly larger, as expected, and the quality is better still. The wine is darker, more aromatic and richer than the previous year. It was also surprisingly pleasant to drink throughout its youth, a sign that generally indicates a wine of great promise. No expense was spared in the development of the vineyard, and nothing has been left to chance in the winemaking. The results are impressive.

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