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Neyers Syrah Napa Valley 2006

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Syrah can take on many forms, depending on where it is grown, how it is farmed, and how a winemaker handles the grapes. Each version has its own set of charms, and few things at Neyers Vineyards have been as rewarding to us as watching the development of our various Syrah bottlings over the past 15 years. Weve made wines that have been, to quote the worlds most celebrated wine journalist, hedonistic fruit bombs. Weve made wines with far more subtlety -- wines that we think displayed grace and complexity. And weve made wines that have focused on the new world themes of ripe fruit and drink-ability. This bottling, from a parcel of young Napa Valley vines, is a new take for us; a Syrah that simply begs to be drunk and enjoyed for the sheer pleasure that red wine lovers like me look for in their everyday wines. Examine the color, smell the aroma, and taste it. Youll see.

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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

Editorial Reviews for Neyers Syrah Napa Valley

Snooth User: Gregory Dal Piaz
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4.00 5
01/22/2009

A nice nose with some sweet, woody spices but also fine plum and slightly candied dark cherry fruit. With air this really picks up a lot of candied ginger though, a touch of game and roasted green herb and sassafras edge are lurking – Very fluid in the mouth, fairly noticeable acids and polished tannins support a big somewhat spicy bitter cherry fruit and root beer toned mid-palate. Rather restrained and almost lean, lets say focused on the backend with a very nice, crisp finish, that reveals a bit of wood tannin splinteriness on the finish. Perhaps a touch simple and with a short finish but fresh and balanced 89pts


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3.50 5
01/22/2009

Ruby red color. Aroma is bright, slightly heated with a nice scent of blackberry jam. Flavors are potent, very bright ripe cherries with tannins hiding away until the finish, where they feature prominently alongside black licorice and leather.

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Syrah can take on many forms, depending on where it is grown, how it is farmed, and how a winemaker handles the grapes. Each version has its own set of charms, and few things at Neyers Vineyards have been as rewarding to us as watching the development of our various Syrah bottlings over the past 15 years. Weve made wines that have been, to quote the worlds most celebrated wine journalist, hedonistic fruit bombs. Weve made wines with far more subtlety -- wines that we think displayed grace and complexity. And weve made wines that have focused on the new world themes of ripe fruit and drink-ability. This bottling, from a parcel of young Napa Valley vines, is a new take for us; a Syrah that simply begs to be drunk and enjoyed for the sheer pleasure that red wine lovers like me look for in their everyday wines. Examine the color, smell the aroma, and taste it. Youll see.

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