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Neyers Mourvedre Contra Costa County Pato Vineyard 2006

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My love affair with Domaine Tempier and their Mourvèdre began in the late 1970's when Kermit Lynch began to import it for his shop in Berkeley, and Alice Water began to feature it on the wine list at Chez Panisse. A year or two later, Alice arranged for us to visit Domaine Tempier. After the first day I was smitten, and remain so still. No surprise then that I found it impossible to turn down Rich Pato's offer to purchase the small crop of Mourvèdre from his 100 year-old vines in Oakley when they came on the market in 2006. Mourvèdre is a variety that resists oxidation, making it one of the longest lived of all red wines, frequently more so than Cabernet Sauvignon. It's uniquely expressive, as well, combining elements of fruit, mineral, earth and leather into a package that is remarkably greater than the sum of its parts. I was so impressed with what our winemaker Tadeo Borchardt was able to do with this year's crop that I asked him to set aside a pallet for myself. Let's see now: 10 years of bottle age is 3650 days, and 672 bottles in a pallet - that works out to a bottle every 5 days. Sounds just about right.

Region: USA » California » Contra Costa

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  • 2006

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Color: Red
Varietal: Mourvèdre
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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

My love affair with Domaine Tempier and their Mourvèdre began in the late 1970's when Kermit Lynch began to import it for his shop in Berkeley, and Alice Water began to feature it on the wine list at Chez Panisse. A year or two later, Alice arranged for us to visit Domaine Tempier. After the first day I was smitten, and remain so still. No surprise then that I found it impossible to turn down Rich Pato's offer to purchase the small crop of Mourvèdre from his 100 year-old vines in Oakley when they came on the market in 2006. Mourvèdre is a variety that resists oxidation, making it one of the longest lived of all red wines, frequently more so than Cabernet Sauvignon. It's uniquely expressive, as well, combining elements of fruit, mineral, earth and leather into a package that is remarkably greater than the sum of its parts. I was so impressed with what our winemaker Tadeo Borchardt was able to do with this year's crop that I asked him to set aside a pallet for myself. Let's see now: 10 years of bottle age is 3650 days, and 672 bottles in a pallet - that works out to a bottle every 5 days. Sounds just about right.

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