Que Syrah Syrah, What will be… A stunning wine at a great price!

Meyer Family Syrah

Remember Justin Meyer (founding winemaker/partner) of Silver Oak?  I know you’ll say, I don’t like Silver Oak today – I (might/will) agree.  The first 20 somewhat vintages of Silver Oak are much better than the last 10.  That has to do with the fact that Justin Meyer left Silver Oak 10+ years ago (sadly he passed away about 8 years ago).  Justin his wife Bonny (yes, from Bonny’s Vineyard, which they still own today) and their son Matt started the Meyer Family Estate in Mendocino a good 10-12 years ago.  Currently Matt and his wife Karen (a winemaker from Australia) are at the helm of the estate.  Small amounts of Syrah, Chardonnay and Port are produced from select sites in Mendocino and of course the “Piece de Resistance” THE “Bonny’s Cabernet” from the family estate in Oakville (Napa Valley).  I just tasted with the Meyer folks and the latest (2007) Syrah and (2006) Bonny’s Vineyard Cabernet are outstanding!  Inquire about the upcoming Bonny’s releases, as it is VERY limited!

Meyer Family 2007 Syrah, Yorkville Highlands Mendocino
Retail 30.00 – GGWC 27.99

The 2007 Syrah Yorkville Highlands, Mendocino is THE best effort to come from these nice folks.  As you know, 2007 was one of those almost perfect years and the end result is an almost perfect Syrah. The intense aromatics jump out of the glass with lush ripe black cherries, plums, coffee and a hint of spice.  This full-bodied, very elegant (almost silky) Syrah offers racy yet very well-balanced fruit with the right touch of acidity. A long intense finish gives this wine some more personality.  Drink now – 2020.

Meyer Family 2006 Bonny’s Vineyard Cabernet Sauvignon, Oakville Napa Valley
Retail 140.00 – GGWC 129.99

This is a throw back to the good old Silver Oak days.  A very intense wine from start to finish.  A little Oakville dust on the nose and mid palate.  Black stone fruit oozing  out of the glass.  Full in body, dense concentrated, with a Bordeaux-like elegance in the center part.  More chocolate, coffee, a touch of leather and intensity lead into a very long finish.  The tannins are there to allow this puppy to cellar well for a good 15-20 years.  VERY LIMITED – 2 bottles per account only.

Meyer Family 2010 Chardonnay, Anderson Valley Mendocino
Retail 26.00 – GGWC 23.99

From the first pour to the last drop, the characteristic that distinguishes this lively and refreshing Chardonnay is its crisp, acid-etched mineral backbone. The nose lacks the butter of a typical California Chardonnay and instead offers a fruit basket of inviting aromas. It arrives on the palate like a fresh apple and pear tart with a squeeze of lemon, lightly spiced with clove and nutmeg. The flint-and-mineral character of the palate is softened by eight months in French oak, which has also added layers of toast and vanilla and a hint of marzipan. Only 158 cases produced.

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