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Neyers Chardonnay Napa Valley 2006

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Grapes harvested in late September from the Nord Family Trio vineyard in Yountville; whole cluster pressed then racked to 60 gallon French oak barrels for a natural, wild yeast fermentation that lasted almost six months during which the yeast lees were stirred weekly; racked just once in mid-July prior to bottling; no fining or additives used in the processing and the wine was lightly filtered at the time of bottling. Will Nord is one of the great pioneers of the grape growing industry in the Napa Valley. Over the years that I've known him he's been a viticulture instructor at the junior college, a successful businessman now looking after one of the largest privately owned holdings in Napa, and a public official serving on the County Planning Commission. He's a remarkable individual and we're understandably proud of the connection between our family business and his. Will's Trio Vineyard sits alongside the Napa River, just east of the town of Yountville, where the climate is warm enough to ripen the fruit, yet cool enough to maintain the acid and flavor so crucial to great Chardonnay. In 2006 he endured a much smaller than normal crop -- 50% of his original estimate was lost during flowering -- so the fruit that was harvested was loaded with ripe flavors. The vineyard is planted on a shallow soil outcropping, which keeps the natural nitrogen level low, and extends the length of time of the fermentation. This makes for a unique combination of aromas and flavors, a wine more mineral and earthy, with fruit components less tropical than those in the Carneros.The naturally high acid levels will keep this wine bright and fresh for several years.

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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

Grapes harvested in late September from the Nord Family Trio vineyard in Yountville; whole cluster pressed then racked to 60 gallon French oak barrels for a natural, wild yeast fermentation that lasted almost six months during which the yeast lees were stirred weekly; racked just once in mid-July prior to bottling; no fining or additives used in the processing and the wine was lightly filtered at the time of bottling. Will Nord is one of the great pioneers of the grape growing industry in the Napa Valley. Over the years that I've known him he's been a viticulture instructor at the junior college, a successful businessman now looking after one of the largest privately owned holdings in Napa, and a public official serving on the County Planning Commission. He's a remarkable individual and we're understandably proud of the connection between our family business and his. Will's Trio Vineyard sits alongside the Napa River, just east of the town of Yountville, where the climate is warm enough to ripen the fruit, yet cool enough to maintain the acid and flavor so crucial to great Chardonnay. In 2006 he endured a much smaller than normal crop -- 50% of his original estimate was lost during flowering -- so the fruit that was harvested was loaded with ripe flavors. The vineyard is planted on a shallow soil outcropping, which keeps the natural nitrogen level low, and extends the length of time of the fermentation. This makes for a unique combination of aromas and flavors, a wine more mineral and earthy, with fruit components less tropical than those in the Carneros.The naturally high acid levels will keep this wine bright and fresh for several years.

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